ConocoPhillips recognizes the importance of biodiversity in maintaining ecosystems’ health and as a vital factor in human well-being. Protecting plant and animal species and ecosystems, also known as biological diversity, or biodiversity, is an essential component of our health, safety, and environmental commitment wherever we operate. In the company's biodiversity position, we made a number of specific commitments designed to conserve biodiversity as part of our commitment to systematically reduce the effects of our activities on the environment.
Biodiversity is a term used to capture the concept of the world’s biological richness and variability. Biodiversity includes all populations and species of plants, animals, and microbes that occur in nature and the interactions within and between these populations that contribute to ecosystem function. Ecosystem functions provide essential services that support human needs such as food, shelter, clothing, medicines, and fuel. Biodiversity can also have recreational, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic values.