Conservation Partnerships

ConocoPhillips looks for opportunities to improve conservation and restoration of marine and terrestrial ecosystems through our own activities and in collaboration with others. We work with strategic partners to invest in voluntary projects that contribute to the management of areas of national or international conservation significance. This includes partnering with communities and institutions to advance conservation efforts, practices, and build skills essential to slowing and ultimately reversing species decline. This deep commitment to species and habitat conservation is important to our operations and is integrated into the planning, exploration, development and production over the life of our assets.

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Our decades-long partnership with National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) promotes leading-edge solutions to improve habitat quality and landscape connectivity in ways that facilitate migrations of avian and terrestrial species. Efforts include conservation programs that improve habitat and support for high-priority birds and large mammals from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains to Alaska. The goal is a coordinated approach that yields effective conservation.

SPIRIT of Conservation Program

Gulf Wetlands

26 innovative conservation tools developed

The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program is structured to conserve, protect and restore important avian habitat, and support the development of innovative conservation tools and practices. Since 2005, ConocoPhillips, NFWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have invested $12.6 million in projects through this program. Grantees have matched this funding with an additional $27.5 million for a total conservation impact of over $40 million. As a result of these investments, more than 315,000 acres of important fish and wildlife habitat have been conserved, restored or enhanced, including:

  • 228,600 acres of grassland and sagebrush habitat.
  • 10,100 acres of wetland habitat.
  • 1,200 acres of coastal habitat.

Rocky Mountain Rangelands Program

Understanding and tracking animal movements are crucial components for conserving habitats that are essential to species survival. The program requires alignment with state-identified priorities to conserve or restore habitat and measurable contributions to the sustainability of local and regional big-game populations. Through this partnership, grants were awarded totaling $3.1 million, leveraging $20.3 million in matching funds and generating a total conservation impact of $23.4 million in 2020. Over the next 10 years, the program seeks to grant more than $56 million across three major conservation strategies to:

  • Improve management and restoration of sagebrush rangelands to benefit sagebrush-obligate and other associated species.
  • Secure important ungulate migrations across the landscape with specific focus on transportation conflicts, winter range and stopover sites.
  • Restore habitat and expand occupancy of wetland birds and native fish.

Smithsonian Institution

Bird Migratory program

We work with the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution to collect migratory connectivity information for several bird species of concern that follow a migratory flyway aligned with our areas of operation. These birds include species that breed from the North Slope of Alaska to the oil sands of northern Alberta, then migrate south through the "prairie potholes" into Texas, and across the Gulf of Mexico to wintering grounds as far south as Colombia. The project has three biodiversity stewardship goals:

  • Track avian species of concern throughout their annual cycles to discover unknown migrations.
  • Test and advance new conservation technologies.
  • Catalyze research and scientific collaborations around the migratory connectivity of birds throughout North America and across the Western Hemisphere.

As a result of these efforts, since 2014, we have:

  • Funded 23 expeditions.
  • Tracked 23 species.
  • Tracked 668 birds.
  • Banded 10,193 birds.

Read more or watch a video about The Migratory Connectivity Project.

Joint Venture Partnerships

Migratory Bird Program

We support several migratory bird joint venture partnerships that help protect species and critical habitat essential for their survival. Since 2006, we have provided nearly $4 million in grants to support projects that protect and restore high-priority sites, reduce barriers to wildlife passage and improve conservation practices, including:

Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV)

  • Established in 1994 to catalyze bird habitat conservation through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs.
  • Operates across 11 western states.
  • Habitats in this region include wetlands, sagebrush-steppe, cottonwood-lined riparian galleries, grasslands, aspen woodlands, and Ponderosa pine woodlands and savannahs.

Northern Great Plains Joint Venture (NGPJV)

  • Fosters new partnerships while strengthening existing alliances for the protection, enhancement and restoration of prairie, riverine and forest ecosystems important to priority birds.
  • Emphasizes efforts to sustain and enhance populations, consistent with conservation objectives of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.

Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV)

  • Partnership began in 1990.
  • Supports the region's wildlife habitats and protects the vital recharge zones of the primary source of drinking water for the region.
  • Works to ensure there is a science-based process for prioritizing application of public and private funds for avian species population maintenance.

Prairie Potholes (PPJV)

  • Partnership among federal, state and nongovernmental organizations formed in 1987 to advance wetland and grassland conservation for birds.
  • Advances scientific tools that allow habitat practitioners to specifically target the most effective and efficient conservation.

Gulf Coast (GCJV)

  • Originated from the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), an international agreement signed by the United States and Canada in 1986, and Mexico in 1994. The NAWMP focused on the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, in response to declining continental populations.
  • Focuses on conservation of waterfowl and wetlands, in response to declining continental populations.

Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV)

  • Covers almost 60 million acres with at least 450 avian species.
  • Over 95% of the land is privately owned, and 85% is agricultural land. 

Rio Grande Joint Venture (RGJV)

  • Brings people from the U.S. and Mexico together to collaborate and increase the collective capacity for bird conservation planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • 129 priority birds and several priority habitats across three bird conservation regions.

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited

As the largest private owner of wetlands in the United States, we’re dedicated to preserving wetlands and protecting vulnerable wildlife and their habitats. We collaborate with Ducks Unlimited, working to save vital economic resources along the Gulf Coast that millions of people rely on for survival. We also focus on saving and revitalizing habitats that threatened and endangered species depend on to live and thrive. Through the 20-plus year partnership, we have provided more than $8 million since 2012 to help manage, restore and preserve wetlands. Working with our partners, we’ve supported 75 total restoration projects enhancing more than 186,000 acres of wetlands along the Gulf Coast.

Our conservation efforts with Ducks Unlimited have helped:

  • Preserve the land’s ability to protect and nourish the habitats of the many wildlife species.
  • Protect the nation’s seafood, maritime trade and natural gas and oil industries.
  • Protect local home and business investments.
  • Increase the quality of commercial and recreational fishing.