The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program is a public-private partnership focused on two priority areas. The conservation of critical habitats as well as the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches that address water and biodiversity issues.
The Conservation priority area is a continuation of the long-standing SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program. The objective of this priority area is to support projects focused on the restoration of ecosystems and habitats, particularly those focused on high-priority North American migratory species, in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence. For more information on the types of past projects funded by this program, please see the SPIRIT Program Accomplishments report under the Program Information sidebar.
The Conservation Innovation priority area supports projects focused on water and biodiversity issues. The objective of this priority area is to support projects focused on stimulating and leveraging the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and techniques in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence.
Conservation Innovation priorities include:
- Identifying and supporting innovative tools, technologies, and practices focused on water conservation, quality, recovery, and re-use.
- Stimulating emerging conservation technologies, techniques and approaches.
- Connecting local partners to the information, tools and resources they need to implement the best possible conservation technology.
- Using current technology in creative ways to more cost effectively advance conservation.
- Applying new technologies and market-based tools to expand biodiversity in grasslands systems.
- Building innovative public-private partnerships to expand conservation on private lands.
From 2005 through 2013, the SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation program awarded 55 grants worth $6.5 million to 32 conservation groups in 12 states and five countries. Grantees matched this funding with an additional $11.2 million, for a total conservation investment of $17.7 million. As a result of this investment, roughly 109,000 acres of critical bird habitat have been protected, restored or enhanced. This work provides important benefits to numerous species of conservation concern, including the red knot, American oystercatcher, Gunnison sage-grouse, greater sage grouse, lesser prairie chicken, Attwater’s prairie chicken, surf scoter, mottled duck, red-cockaded woodpecker, cerulean warbler, and whooping crane.
NFWF administers the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program with funding and other support from ConocoPhillips and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.