The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program is a public-private partnership focused on the conservation of fish and wildlife habitats and the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches that address water and biodiversity issues. The program is a long-standing partnership among ConocoPhillips, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Since 2005, the SPIRIT of Conservation and Innovation Program has awarded 72 grants worth $9.5 million to 41 conservation groups in 12 states and five countries. Grantees matched this funding with an additional $21 million, for a total conservation investment of $30.5 million. As a result of these investments, more than 214,000 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat have been conserved, restored or enhanced.
Current funding priorities for this program include:
- Increasing populations of Species of Greatest Conservation Need through implementation of priority restoration strategies identified in State Wildlife Action Plans.
- Restoring in-stream flows and habitat for aquatic species.
- Restoring and enhancing grassland, sage, and riparian habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species.
- Developing and field testing new innovative water and species conservation tools and techniques, specifically:
- Water conservation, desalinization, recovery and re-use that benefits species
- In-stream flow restoration for habitat restoration
- Species and habitat advancements
- Collaboration tools that bring together water experts across multiple sectors and parties.
- Rapidly and/or significantly taking innovative tools and techniques for water conservation to scale.