Wozep special session: knowledge for policy 

Organized by the Dutch governmental Offshore Wind Ecological Programme (Wozep) 

What can policymakers do with knowledge on the effects of increasingly large areas of wind turbines at sea on the population sizes of vulnerable bird species? Or with the number of collision victims among bats? Or what can they do with the effect of underwater noise on the spawning behaviour of cod? This knowledge is not only very interesting from a scientific point of view but also of great importance for the ecologically responsible development of offshore wind farms. Knowledge is needed to formulate policy regarding the construction of wind farms, and to estimate the ecological impacts of spatial plans for wind farms. How do we ensure a good match between research development and the effective use of knowledge through policy? In the Netherlands, the government started a major research program, Offshore Wind Ecological Programme (in short: Wozep) in 2016 in which the ecological effects of wind energy at sea are investigated. Wozep examines the effects of offshore wind farms on birds, bats, marine mammals and the ecosystem. The knowledge developed is used during various steps in the offshore wind energy process: from the designation of wind areas (planning) to the formulation of specific regulations in the permits. By keeping the implementation of the research programme close to policy makers, the ultimate use of this knowledge in policy and management decisions is taken into account when planning the research. Wozep forms the link between research and application within policy. Researchers know that direct use is made of the knowledge they have developed; policy and management receive answers to their questions. Win-win!  During CWW2022 we will present a special session in which the Dutch approach is explained: what is the role of knowledge in the development of offshore wind farms? In this session, researchers will present various Wozep research projects, and the government and the wind energy sector will indicate how this knowledge is used in the various stages of planning.

Special Session Emerging Markets

Organized by: Natural Power, British Trust for Ornithology, Bureau Waardenburg


As we strive to achieve net zero to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050, we are going to need to see a rapid expansion of renewable energy, particularly wind energy. Achieving this will require a rapid growth, both onshore and offshore, and in new and emerging markets such as Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East and Asia. Many of these regions have higher biodiversity values than more established markets such as Europe and North America, bringing new challenges in when ensuring developments are carried out with consideration for wildlife. These challenges are exacerbated by the fact that many of the tools developed to assess the impacts of wind energy are developed with European or North American markets in mind, and do not reflect the situation in these emerging markets.

At CWW2022, we hope to facilitate discussions around how best to enable a wildlife-friendly transition to renewable energy development in these new and emerging markets. With this in mind, we have planned a session in the conference around the issues faced by emerging markets. We hope to introduce some of the key challenges as part of a keynote speech by an invited speaker from the World Bank / International Finance Corporation (to be confirmed). We will then hear first-hand from practitioners in countries concerned about the challenges they face, and how they have overcome these through a series of short video presentations. Following this, we will have a special session based around emerging markets highlighting solutions in relation to governance, assessment, monitoring and mitigation. We will round this off with an example of how these solutions have been put into practice to enable the development of a wind farm in an emerging market. In addition to a series of stimulating talks, we hope to offer excellent networking opportunities for researchers and practitioners to discuss how our existing knowledge of wind farm impacts can be best applied at a global scale. We hope that this will be the start of many fruitful collaborations.

More to follow soon!
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