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Effective sustainable renewable energy and migratory species

Wind energy.

International overview provides information for ecologically responsible renewable energy programmes. 

Bureau Waardenburg has produced a comprehensive review and guidelines document for the effectiveness of sustainability in renewable energy. This work was undertaken on behalf of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), CMS (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals) and BirdLife International.

Effective sustainable and renewable energy

Concerns over climate change and energy requirements have lead to increased attention for the development of renewable energy, including biomass, geothermal energy, tidal energy, hydro-electric power, wind energy and solar energy. 

Positive and negative effects

In time, animals will benefit from the effects of reneable energy on the climate. The deveopment of new energy sources can also have negative effects, such as the collision-related mortality of birds and bats with  wind turbines for example.

If the potential problems and benefits for wildlife from renewable energy are known these can be taken into consideration during new developments. The review focused on migratory species, including birds, bats, marine mammals, reptiles and fish.

Worldwide collaboration

For this global project, Bureau Waardenburg collaborated with Boere Conservation Consultancy as well as with partners in Australia (Brett Lane & Associates) and America (ESSGroup).

The first phase of the review presents the current information known on this topic. Both positive as well as negative effects are described. In the second phase, the key areas where migratory species and the development of renewable energy have the potential to conflict are presented. Further, possible mitigation measures are presented that aim to reduced these conflicts.

The end results will be presented in the second half of 2014. 

More details are avilaible on the CMS website.

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