Without credible governance and regulatory frameworks, large-scale underwater extraction activities should just not take place.
Negative impacts of oil and gas activities go far beyond the drilling sites. Deep-water harbours, pipelines and platforms are built on land and at sea, while tanker traffic increases the risks of incidents and oil spills occurring. Impacts of oil spills such as the one from the Exxon Valdez are still visible 20 years later
These risks, coupled with the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification associated with fossil fuel exploitation, makes this a priority area for action.
What WWF is doing
Businesses that extract resources from the ocean are just some of a multitude of ocean users. To reduce risks to epicentres of biodiversity and fragile ecosystems, or conflict with other industries such as fisheries and tourism, careful planning is needed.
WWF takes a ‘big picture’ view of ocean conservation—one that involves reconciling the priorities of different users while reducing their impacts on biodiversity, food security and livelihoods. We call this approach integrated ocean management.
Our areas of focus