The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisory body on natural World Heritage, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre have welcomed Tullow Oil’s new commitment to stay out of World Heritage sites.
Tullow had been granted permission to carry out activities in an area which included parts of Kenya’s Lake Turkana National Parks.
“I commend Tullow’s commitment as a step forward in ensuring the conservation and sustainable development of all World Heritage sites,” says Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.
Tullow now joins leading oil-and-gas firms Shell and Total, as well as the International Council on Mining and Metals (a group of 22 of the world’s leading mining companies), which have also made commitments not to carry out extractive operations within World Heritage sites.
The no-go principle has also been endorsed by a number of financial services companies, including BNP Paribas, HSBC and JP Morgan.