We know it’s critically important to engage on the potential environmental impact of any extractives and infrastructure development as early as possible – ideally from the moment an extractives concession is awarded to a company.
To help us do just that, WWF-UK and WWF-Norway have developed a tool that maps extractives activity and concessions, and shows where these overlap with areas of biological and social importance. It’s a spatial land-use and early warning system mapping tool called WWF-SIGHT.
How WWF-SIGHT can help investors and governments protect the environment
This tool can provide WWF with a first-cut assessment and early warning of where extractives operations and other major developments could threaten protected areas and other sites of natural importance.
WWF-SIGHT enables us to engage at an early stage with governments, companies and investors. It allows us to enter into constructive dialogue about alternative and more sustainable land-use and development scenarios that would avoid possible damage to wildlife and habitats and the associated business risks.
This data has been used in a number of reports, including the prominent 2015 Safeguarding Outstanding Natural Value report compiled by WWF-SIGHT, Investec Asset Management, and Aviva Investors.
NEW! WWF-SIGHT introduces Analytics
WWF-SIGHT Analytics is a new tool by WWF-UK that displays data online in an easily understandable format.
The pressure that our natural world is under is enormous. Land has never been in such great demand, with our pristine natural areas being challenged by a wide range of development issues. Previously, it was difficult to envisualise these conflicts, let alone imagine them on a country-by-country basis. This is what WWF-SIGHT Analytics aims to do, using a wealth of extractives and environmental data to make land use conflicts more clear than ever before.
Extractive concessions and protected areas can be viewed at a country level. What this means is that a country's environmental assets - from World Heritage Sites to protected areas - and potential threats to their natural areas - oil and gas and mining concessions, for example - can all be understood quickly and comprehensively, allowing for comparisons to be made between countries. Any existing overlaps between natural and developmental data sets are accessible and visual.
What are the overlaps between protected areas and extractive concessions in your country? Find out at WWF-SIGHT Analytics [external]
(2016) As increasing pressures are placed on land, and intrusive development projects are on the rise, land-use conflicts between communities, organisations, governments and companies are growing more common. A solution for preventing and resolving these land use conflicts is for organisations to encourage early engagement in the decision making related to these development projects. This is what a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) can help to achieve. More >>
(2017) A Preliminarily Threat Analysis (PTA) carried out using WWF-SIGHT’s approach for risk analysis highlights some of the potential environmental impacts and associated socio-economic implications of the development of the Hoima – Tanga pipeline and provide an early warning on some of these concerns and encourage a thorough risk analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the pipeline. Read the blog >> or jump straight to the full report >>
(2017) Using WWF-SIGHT, WWF-Norway analysed how many companies that have oil, gas and mining activities in World Heritage sites are included in the holding lists of five major Norwegian investors . The results show that the worrying picture has not changed significantly since 2015, and arguably it have deteriorated:
• Globally, 72 natural and mixed World Heritage sites are threatened by extractive activity, that is a licence issued by a government to permit a company to explore for and extract oil, gas, and mineral resources.
• The five Norwegian investors assessed together invest in 25 companies that are involved in extractive activity in 23 World Heritage sites.
• The five Norwegian investors appear to have invested roughly NOK 102 billion in these companies.