In 2011, we participated in the preparation of two documents concerning the impact of power lines on birds. The documents delivered were the Review of the Conflict Between Migratory Birds and Electricity Power Grids in the African-Eurasian Region and the Guidelines on How to Avoid or Mitigate the Impact of Electricity Power Grids on Migratory Birds in the African-Eurasian Region.
The review and guidelines were commissioned by the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat to an international research consortium consisting of Bureau Waardenburg, Boere Conservation Consultancy (both from the Netherlands), the Endangered Wildlife Trust (South-Africa) and STRIX from Portugal.
The review document includes existing information on the conflicts between birds and the electricity grid and an overview of the issue at a regional level, focusing on conflict hotspots and species at risk. The Guidelines document includes various solutions devised for mitigating or avoiding collisions and electrocutions, including technical as well as legislative information from published sources and from the enquiries sent to representatives of Parties, range states, GOs and NGOs in more than 130 countries.