November 1, 2012
Time: 4:00 – 6:15 pm
Venue: Sadirvan A, Hilton Istanbul

 A primary objective of the Climate Investment Funds is to highlight and learn from the experience and innovations of CIF partner countries to address the challenges of climate change.  One issue area that was first highlighted during the CIF 2011 Partnership Forum in Cape Town is the management of the impact of wind power development on birds and bats.  We would like to develop a platform for continued learning as the CIF investments mature and build a CIF community of practice that can keep this issue under review and promote the dissemination of lessons learned.

To this end, the CIF Administrative Unit in collaboration with the MDBs and CSOs carried out scoping missions in Turkey, Egypt, and South Africa in September 2012 to identify barriers to avoiding or mitigating the impact of wind power projects on birds and bats as well as measures and good practices to address such barriers.  This event aims to share the experiences and lessons learned from the three countries.  The panel discussion will offer perspectives from representatives of other countries as well as from experts and practitioners from the civil society.  

Agenda

4:00 – 4:10 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction : Video

4:10 – 5:30  Country Case Studies
(Each presentation will be 15-20 minutes, followed by Q&A.)

Question and Answer

Video

5:30 – 6:15

Knowledge Mapping Exercise (interactive session) : Video
  • Alemayehu Tafesse Mengesha, Director, Environmental Impact Assessment and Social Development Office, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia
  • David Cottingham, Senior Advisor to the Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service, United States
  • Richard Grimmet, BirdLife International

Useful websites for wind energy and wildlife interactions

-Wind Energy Guidelines (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

-Comprehensive Guide to Studying Wind Energy/Wildlife Interactions (The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC))

- Wind and Wildlife Landscape Assessment Tool (The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI))