The Energy Task Force is a multi-stakeholder platform that works towards reconciling renewable energy developments with conservation of migratory species.

The Paris UN climate change conference in December 2015 delivered a new universal climate change agreement. The new agreement is aimed at putting the world on track to a low-carbon future that keeps a global temperature rise under 2 degrees C. This historic agreement is expected to incentivise actions and investment towards a low-carbon economy based on low carbon power sources.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) acknowledge the crucial importance of energy from renewable sources to attain the targets of the Paris Agreement, and support a sustainable deployment of renewable energy technologies. As with other infrastructure developments, the deployment of renewable energy and associated infrastructure such as powerlines may have negative impacts on species and ecosystems. The risk to migratory species can be particularly significant if renewable energy installations and power lines are placed in inappropriate locations and without integrating environmental considerations in planning and assessment procedures.

CMS recognized that there is a need to mainstream conservation of migratory species across the energy sector and to this end adopted the Resolution 11.27: Renewable Energy and Migratory Species and an analogous Resolution was adopted by AEWA Resolution 6.11. To further support the implementation of the resolutions and the use of relevant guidelines, CMS established a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Energy Task Force.

The resolution envisages the Energy Task Force working collaboratively with governments, multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), investors, academic and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to apply existing guidance and tools through international and national level partnerships, provide recommendations and address knowledge gaps.



 

MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY TASK FORCE

Countries

Bulgaria

Ministry of Environment and Water Ms. Rodostina Galilionova
Egypt Ministry of Environment Mr. Osama Ahmed Moustafa El-Gebaly
New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) Mr. Mohamed Al-Khayat
Germany Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Mr. Gerhard Adams
Mr. Jürgen Friedrich
Ghana Forestry Commission/Wildlife Division Mr. Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah
Mr. Musa Abu Juam
Hungary Ministry of Rural Development Mr. András Schmidt
Israel Israel Nature and Parks Authority Mr. Noam Leader
Kenya Ministry of Environment Mr. Stephen M. Manegene
Nigeria Ministry of Environment Ms. Hadiza Elayo
Mr. Ahmad Salihijo
Saudi Arabia Saudi Wildlife Authority Pr. Mohammad Shobrak
Mr. Fawaz Albaroudi
South Africa Ministry of Environment Ms. Wilma Lutsch
Mr. Willem Constantyn Hoogstad
 
Government Agencies
Power Africa -USAID   Mr. Benjamin Skolnik
 
Secretariats of Relevant MEAs
AEWA Secretariat   Mr. Jacques Trouvilliez
Mr. Sergey Dereliev
CMS Secretariat   Mr. Marco Barbieri
Mr. Nick P. Williams
EUROBATS Secretariat   Mr. Andreas Streit
 
Other Relevant Organizations and Institutions
African Union   Mr. Rashid Ali Abdallah
Dr. Haruna Kachalla Gujba
European Bank of Reconstruction and Development   Mr. Robert Adamczyk
IRENA   Ms. Nina Alsen
Renewables Grid Initiative   Mr. Andrew Carryer
Birdlife International   Mr. Edward Perry
Mr. Tris Allinson
British Trust for Ornithology   Dr. James Pearce-Higgins
Mr. Chris Thaxter
WindEurope   Ms. Mihaela Dragan
African Sustainable Energy Association   Mr. Chris Edeh

 

OBSERVERS

Birdlife South Africa   Ms. Samantha Ralston Paton
Nature Kenya   Dr. Paul Matiku
Ms. Serah Munguti
Mr. Paul Gacheru
Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE)   Mr. Noor A. Noor
Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (Nabu)   Mr. Sebastian Scholz
Ms. Inga Römer

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Useful Links

ETF Online Workspace
2nd ETF Meeting, Bonn, Germany 1st ETF Meeting, Cape Town, SA

Factsheet
Energy: Make it Bird Friendly! World Migratory Bird Day 2015 theme

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, through the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) were recognized as Champion Plus for their generous support and commitment towards Reconciling Energy Sector Developments with Migratory Species Conservation for the period 2015-2017. The Energy Task Force has been funded with the contribution granted by Germany under the Migratory Species Champion Programme.