Funding: European Investment Bank (EIB), Nedbank Go Green Fund, Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) Namibia, NamPower

Dates: 2008, ongoing

Why and industry-conservation partnership?

Wildlife/power supply conflicts are costly both to industry and to our biodiversity. Inconvenient outages (blackouts) caused by wildlife interactions such as electrocution/collisions and the nesting of birds on power structures result in high maintenance and repair costs, especially in terms of Sociable Weaver nesting activity during the rainy season.

At the same time, 71 (10%) of Namibia’s 687 bird species are recognised as being under threat. About 75% of this group fall into one or more of the following groups: coastal and marine birds; scavenging birds; birds impacted by power lines; and wetland birds. Although information is still being gathered on the extent of the impacts of power supply structures at present, in terms of collisions and electrocutions, these factors are believed to constitute a very real threat.

Many of these impacts could be reduced or prevented with appropriate communication, planning and management. Due to a growing concern about the above issues, the NamPower/Namibia Nature Foundation Strategic Partnership was launched in 2008, with funding by the European Investment Bank.

What is the purpose of the project?

The mission of the Partnership is to address wildlife/power supply interactions in Namibia.

What are the objectives? To:

·         Monitor, report and manage wildlife/power supply interactions;

·         Conduct research and incorporate bird/wildlife mitigation into existing power supply networks, and into the planning of future networks;

·         Promote awareness and communication about the risks that the power supply poses to wildlife, and wildlife to the power supply; and

·         Develop an over-arching, easily accessible Environmental Information Service (EIS)to assist with achieving the above objectives.

Project action plan

The above objectives are directly related to a dynamic project action plan [link to download 2016 update], developed and updated regularly in consultation with stakeholders.

How you can become involved

·         We need your help to build our database of relevant information that is the basis of our dynamic, web-based Environmental Information Service (EIS) for Namibia.

·         We specifically need information on wildlife/power supply interactions (e.g. mortalities or injuries due to collisions or electrocutions; nesting or roosting etc. on power supply structures in your area). Please use the Field Investigation Form to record this information [link to download].

·         Subscribe and contribute to the Partnership's free, electronic newsletter [see links to the right]

 

For further information or to report wildlife and power supply incidents, please email Mike and Ann Scott at ecoserve@iway.na.