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Program

The scientific advisory committee and organizing committee are enthusiastically working on the program for CWW2022. It will offer ample opportunities to present your work in discussion sessions, individual talks and/or workshops.

We have selected seven themes (listed below), which together encompass the broad range of topics on wind energy and wildlife interactions. These themes will cover both onshore and offshore issues to ensure knowledge is exchanged between these two areas.

Next to plenary meetings with keynote talks, break-out sessions and workshops, we are planning a half day of excursions midway during the conference. These field trips will introduce you to some ‘best practices’ in monitoring and mitigation of wind and wildlife interactions, both onshore and offshore!

Finally, there will be plenty of room for networking and socializing; the program includes a welcome reception/icebreaker, a conference dinner and a BBQ at the beach, amongst others. The organizing committee is busy browsing through resumes of celebrities to find the right people to liven up these side-events: Will it be a movie star, a football player, or perhaps even royalty?

Themes (offshore and onshore)

  1. Planning issues
  • Issues in SEA’s and EIA’s related to wind energy and wildlife interactions
  • How to connect and interact planning onshore and offshore
  • Multi-Criteria Assessments (MCA), Analytical Hierarchy Processes (AHP) 
  1. Species responses
  • Collision victims: species groups most affected, intra-species group variation etc
  • Other mortality sources (e.g., vessel strike, - noise-related mortality)  
  • Displacement/avoidance & attraction  
  • Barrier effects   
  • Enigmatic’ effects (e.g., stress, - vocalizations, pollution)   
  1. Uncertainty in risk assessments
  • Methodologies: recent developments in data collection and statistical analyses   
  • Risk assessment approaches when data (e.g., for population models) are lacking
  • Standardization of data exchange and data management
  • Standardization of monitoring methodologies
  • How to improve dissemination of study and monitoring results? 
  1. Cumulative (population) effects
  • Meta-studies, e.g., collision numbers
  • Studies of population effects: e.g., throughout the life cycle 
  • Cumulative effects across countries, also between offshore and onshore
  • Lifecycle impacts on nature: e.g., degrading vegetation CO2 storage
  1. Wind & wildlife interaction in practice
  • Regulatory issues: e.g., mortality thresholds in relation to permitting 
  • Using knowledge and research in licencing decisions  
  • Which monitoring methods and technologies are available, their limitations and capabilities  
  • Integration of monitoring techniques with operations and maintenance procedures 
  • Costs and benefits of different options and lessons learned  
  1. Mitigation hierarchy (avoidance-minimization-reduction-compensation-restoration)
  • Smart technologies for birds (e.g., detection, deterrence, automatic shutdown)
  • Bat curtailment and deterrence approaches/tools
  • Monitoring effectiveness of mitigation (which sensor to use?) 
  • Habitat management to steer species away from wind farms  
  • Opportunities for restoring and enhancing wildlife (including onshore habitat management)  
  • Beyond ecological aspects of mitigation: economic and social aspects of mitigation
  • Examples of net gain / positive outcomes (e.g., through repowering) 
  • Compensating and offsetting options for the impacts of wind farms
  1. Outlook to the future - emerging challenges & opportunities
  • Social - ecological consequences, e.g., ecosystem services, landscape-scale approaches  
  • Cumulative effects of large scale wind developments
  • Changes to environmental conditions, e.g., oceanographic processes, implications for wildlife  
  • Floating wind: new issues ahead?  
  • Forward view - renewable energy in a changing environment with upscaling of global wind    
  • Multi-use of windfarm area, what are the combined effects on wildlife?
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