Middle East
18 Sep 2019

EDAMA Association holds Power Breakfast for Safer Flyways

By Dima Obeidat

In cooperation with BirdLife International and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), EDAMA Association Energy, Water and Environment held on Tuesday September 17th 2019 their most recent Power Breakfast on Clean Energy & Safe Flyways. The event witnessed a remarkable discussion on integrating environmental mitigation measures into renewable energy projects in Jordan in order to secure safe flyways for migratory soaring birds.   

The discussion panel hosted His Excellency Khaled Irani, RSCN Chairman, Mr. Samer Judeh, the Executive Chairman of Jordan Wind Project Company, Mr. Ibrahim Khader, the Regional Director of BirdLife International, and Mr. Yehya Khaled, Director General of RSCN, Dr. Dureid Mahasneh , Chairman of EDAMA Board moderated the discussion and he stressed on EDAMA’s part in highlighting the environmental part in sustainable energy projects.

H.E Khaled Irani ensured attendees that there is a constant support to clean energy in Jordan. Nevertheless, he insisted that we should also consider implementing mitigation measures into such projects in order to ensure conserving the environmental and economic value in the eco-tourism sector, which is growing in Jordan especially that this type of tourism relied on the fact that Jordan lies within an important flyway for migratory birds.   

Mr. Yehya Khaled pointed out the role of RSCN in protecting the environment and maintaining economic development and he explained how Jordan is vital flyway for migratory birds, some of which are threatened and critically threatened species. That is why RSCN conducted several studies on assessing the environmental impact, which resulted in recommendations to adjust wind turbines locations to avoid bird collision with these turbines. He also mentions the ongoing work with the Ministry of Environment to create a database on these projects. 

While Mr. Ibrahim Khader stressed that bird conservation exceeds country borders and it needs combined efforts to protect birds flying across the flyway. He mentioned that Jordan is committed to multiple international MoUs to secure a safe migration to the birds where it is necessary to  set regulations and guidelines that determine proper locations for the renewable energy projects, as birds are unlikely to change their natural track while migration.

On the other hand, Mr. Samer Judeh shed a light in the role of the private sector in committing to all the guidelines provided by national and international entities, as that is a condition to most international financing institutions. He confirmed that trained bird observers are working in wind energy facilities to monitier birds and to shut down wind turbines on demand in order to protect passing birds at certain times.

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This Power Breakfast  is considered the most prominent event for water, energy and environment, providing a platform to open a dialogue between top-level executive in the sector and government officials and the private sector to discuss the latest updates in the field.