The UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and IHS Energy are to launch a Global Biodiversity database. The new ‘information module’ delivers desktop access to protected areas and other sensitive terrestrial and marine habitats, including World Wildlife Fund ‘Ecoregions.’ Biodiversity data will be delivered ‘in context’ via IHS Energy’s datasets and map-based analysis tools.
IHS Energy president and COO Ron Mobed said, ‘Widespread access to this integrated information fills a gap between energy companies’ biodiversity goals and the decision-support data required for compliance. Combining biodiversity and E&P data in a map-view creates a powerful, early warning resource for our customers, helping them understand the footprint of planned projects and how they might impact sensitive ecosystems.’
UNEP-WCMC deputy director Tim Johnson said, ‘We seek to make biodiversity data available to the users that need it most. Combining the biodiversity module with IHS Energy’s applications will help oil and gas operators make informed decisions on biodiversity and managing growing energy demands.’ The agreement gives IHS Energy exclusive rights to market and license the UNEP Module to the oil and gas industry. ‘Significant’ revenues will be returned to UNEP-WCMC to update and enhance the biodiversity datasets.
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