Skip to main content

Why we work on extractives

Update: WWF have just launched a new spatial data mapping tool. WWF-SIGHT is an online mapping tool offering a new approach. It allows WWF to map, analyse and understand the potential conflicts of human development projects, such as mines and roads,  alongside environmentally sensitive sites and areas important for wildlife, such as natural World Heritage sites and marine protected areas. With this tool, WWF is now even more pro-active and informed about where action for wildlife and planet is needed most. For more information see [external page]


Most of the easily accessible oil, gas and mineral reserves have already been exhausted. This means that extractives companies are continually moving into more remote and undisturbed regions - some of the world's most beautiful and biodiverse places.

This leads not only to the immediate damaging effects from the exploration and development of these natural areas; it also involves a number of widespread secondary impacts from associated infrastructure, including roads, railways, ports, dams, and housing.  

This is why we're working with issues on oil, gas and mining in order to protect our world's most sensitive and biodiverse areas.

To do this, the WWF-UK Extractives and Sustainable Finance Team works with a number of stakeholders, including investors, governments, extractives companies, and non-governmental organisations.


The future of oil, gas and mining

We recognise that minerals will still need to be mined, even in a fully renewable age. However, we urge that any extractive activity must be conducted in an environmentally and socially responsible way, causing the least possible damage.

Although oil and gas will play a role in the transition period to renewables, it is recognised that 80% of the world’s fossil fuels must now stay underground to ensure the mitigation of the worst climate effects. 

By 2050, we believe that humanity’s global footprint must stay within the Earth’s capacity to sustain life.