We work on the impact of wind power stations on biodiversity and artificial land generation, on sustainable spatial planning of windfarms and relevant policies minimizing land take and biodiversity loss.
WIND: Windfarms and Sustainable Development Goals: optimal approach for fragmentation and land use change
Goal: The convergence of climate and biodiversity policies in wind industry development. We produced a sustainable guideline for sitting wind farms within minimal cost for biodiversity, and artificial land generation, without undermining renewable energy production targets by 2030 and beyond. Period: 2020-2021. Funding: National Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Institute: BCL role: Coordinator.
We work on the issue of roadless areas conservation and wilderness preservation at national and global scale and we provided evidence for the first roadless legislation in Europe (Greece).
- NATLAND- Undisturbed natural areas of Greece (SEBI 13)
Goal: Mapping the roadless areas of Greece (over 1 sqkm) and providing to the Greek government and society an open spatial database of the roadless areas of Greece, including whole islands, as a tool to delineate and protect wilderness areas of high naturalness, ecological and aesthetic value. The project concludes to suggestions on integrating its outputs in Natura 2000, and into the national and international environmental policies towards minimizing fragmentation and land use change, in the frame of the new biodiversity strategy in the EU. Period: 2021-2022. Funding: Green Fund of Greece. Coordinator: BCL
- ROADLESS- Roadless areas and sustainable development in Greece
Goal: Contribution to tackling the problem of fragmentation of the landscape and natural ecosystems from new road networks. The project mapped the roadless areas of 50 sqkm in Greece, and produced papers, policy briefs, video, and an online spatial database of roadless areas. It suggested a European legislation on conserving the last roadless areas as wilderness areas where new roads and artificial land expansion should be banned. The social impact of the project was large, and the Prime Minister announced in COP26 (November 2021) the intention of the government to conserve the last large wilderness roadless areas in Greece under the name “untrodden mountains”. ROADLESS project continued through NATLAND project. Period: 2019-2020. Funding: Green Fund of Greece. Coordinator: Pindos Perivallontiki. BCL: Partner.