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Best practice guidelines for renewable energy in the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway

BirdLife International commissioned us to undertake a review of the impacts of wind farms, transmission lines and solar arrays on migratory soaring birds in the internationally important Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway.

Hundreds of thousands of soaring birds such as raptors and storks pass through the area on migration each year. The renewable energy sector is dramatically increasing in this region and, especially in migratory bottlenecks where many tens of thousands of birds pass though, the impacts on birds can be very significant due to collisions and electrocution.

As well as the review we developed best practice guidelines for developers, NGOs and governments for planning and developing renewable energy projects and provided detailed advice about the types of studies required for EIAs. This advice forms the basis of the fact-sheets that have been made available to industry via the Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) website.

The project took a holistic approach and provided best practice guidance to the governments, developers and NGOS that are stakeholders in the renewable energy sector in the region.