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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
17:00 - 18:30 Cumulative impacts on birds
Environmental impacts & social acceptance  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Montmartre

In this session presentations on actual effects of onshore and offshore wind turbines on birds will be presented.

Learning objectives

  • New detection techniques on bird collisions
  • Cumulative impacts on different bird species
  • Mitigation techniques
Han Lindeboom
IMARES, , The Netherlands

Presenter's biography

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Prof. Dr. Han Lindeboom, member of the Board of Directors of IMARES responsible for science, and part-time professor at Wageningen University, is a marine ecologist with a strong interest in the application of science for sustainable management of the marine realm. Key study area is the natural and human induced variability of the marine ecosystem and the integrated impact of manageable and non-manageable drivers upon marine species and habitats. He guides and executes research programmes in the Wadden Sea, North Sea and the Dutch tropics. Spatial planning with the emphasis on the creation of Marine Protected Areas, development of offshore wind farms and the development of sustainable non-destructive fishing practices, has his special interest.
In April 2011 Queen Beatrix rewarded him with the Honorary Medal for Arts and Sciences of the House Order of Orange for his outstanding work for marine research, particularly in the polar regions


The number of offshore wind farms is increasing rapidly, leading to questions about the cumulative environmental impacts of such farms. Major impacts are caused by the noise produced in the building phase, the new hard substratum, the moving rotor blades, possible under water noise in the production phase and the exclusion of fisheries. Monitoring programs have shown, in general, an increase in biodiversity due to the hard substratum, changes in benthic and fish fauna and attraction or avoidance by some bird species or sea mammals. In this short presentation, the latest insights will be presented with the emphasis on international offshore spatial planning and vulnerable bird species.