Biodiversity and Ecosystem Workshop Tackles Issue Management Across Oil and Gas Operations
Fifty participants, including health, safety, and environment professionals, managers, and practitioners representing 13 countries and 15 oil and gas companies, attended a biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) workshop held on 17–18 November in Bangkok. The workshop, which was the third in a series and was hosted by PTTEP, was highly interactive, including a hypothetical case study, quizzes, and group discussions.
Participants gained fundamental training in BES issue management in areas throughout the lifecycle of oil and gas operations, such as screening, scoping, baseline assessment, impact assessment, management and mitigation, and monitoring and reporting, as well as building the business case for BES and integrating BES management into governance and business processes.
Since 2014, IPIECA and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, have delivered a series of BES peer-to-peer training workshops. The workshops are aimed at, and delivered by, oil and gas professionals, with the objective of building capacity and learnings around BES concepts and their relevance for the oil and gas industry. The workshops introduce BES principles and training in BES issue management throughout the entire project life cycle of oil and gas production. A mixture of IPIECA and external BES good practices and tools is used as a key component of the training material to facilitate their implementation and improve performance across the sector. The workshops provide a valuable opportunity for individuals to share practical examples of on-the-ground experience and to learn from others.
IPIECA has developed numerous tools and guidance to assist the industry in improving BES management and meeting BES-related standards. IPIECA’s BES Fundamentals guidance document sets out a management framework composed of six BES management practices and provides essential information on BES strategy development at the corporate level and at key stages of an asset life cycle. This guidance and the management framework were used throughout the workshop. Also used was the Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative Timeline Tool, which is designed to assist companies in aligning project development, biodiversity effect management, and financial timelines.
IPIECA says it continues to seek opportunities to expand the scope and delivery of the peer-to-peer training and is looking to hold the next BES peer-to-peer workshop in Africa in 2018.