MSB sensitivity map tool elicits interest at world energy-wildlife conference

Posted on Sun, 29/03/2015

The Migratory Soaring Bird (MSB) sensitivity map tool was showcased at the prestigious 2015 world conference on "Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts" (CWW 2015) organized by and held at the Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology), on March 10, 11 and 12. The tool had caught the interest of the organizers and hence granted one of the most sought-after oral presentation slots. The soaring bird sensitivity map tool generated a lot of interest among the 400 leading experts from academia, conservation, government and the renewable sector that attended the conference. Many have expressed their desire to see the tool extended to other regions of the world.

Jochen Flasbarth State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Jochen Flasbarth - State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Throughout the conference, it was apparent that wind power development and growth would increase at a tremendous speed, as it promised the world a source of sustainable green power. However, this promise would not be met if wind energy development is not carefully planned and does not fully integrate bird and biodiversity conservation into its developmental and operational processes. In his closing remarks, the chair of the organizing committee, Johann Köppel, praised the tool as one of the potential approaches through which impact on birds resulting from wind energy developments could be mitigated at a macro-scale. CWW 2015 followed two previous edition held in 2011 and 2013 respectively in Trondheim, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden.

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