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IfAÖ completes the PROGRESS research project after five years

Institute is involved in the determination of the collision rate of passerines and raptors with wind turbines, an area of tension between wind power and nature conservation interests

The Institute for Applied Ecology (IfAÖ) has successfully completed a research project to determine the collision rates of passerines and raptors with wind turbines and to create planning-related principles for forecasting and evaluating the risk of collisions (PROGRESS). In taking on this project, IfAÖ researchers entered a field of conflict between those promoting the expansion of wind energy and those favoring conservation. The term of the project was from November 2011 to June 2015 and was a joint undertaking of the consulting firms BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG, ARSU GmbH, and IfAÖ GmbH along with the Department of Ethology at the University of Bielefeld. The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) of Germany under the 6th Energy Research Program as a research project (Project No. FKZ 0325300 A-D). A total of 46 wind farms were investigated throughout northern Germany during the term of the project.


IfAÖ provided sub-project management

Among the tasks of the institute were regional sub-project management and implementation of the methodology, management of the field work and data entry as well as GIS-based analysis of the searches for collision victims. IfAÖ was also closely involved in scientific exchange with project partners and collaborated with stakeholders of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety-related projects on the topic of bird and bat collision. In addition to IfAÖ’s core activities over the course of the five-year project term, IfAÖ also participated in various workshops, international conferences and was the main organizer of a community experiment in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.


Research results can be implemented immediately

The data created as result of the PROGRESS project can now be used directly for local projects for the optimization of wind farm site selection. PROGRESSS has now also made it possible to make intra-regional statements for environmentally-compatible development of wind energy.

The experience gained by IfAÖ through the PROGRESS project has already unlocked new doors.  IfAÖ has now been contracted to examine passerines and raptors a wind farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern until 2018 in accordance with the collision fatalities search methodology developed as part of PROGRESS.


Final Report (German) - PDF

Summary and Conclusion - PDF

Project - PDF

[Translate to en:] Partner und Förderer des Projekts