The #energyTransition is one of the greatest challenges of our time. To achieve the climate goals, we must push ahead with the expansion of #renewableEnergies. But how can we do this without causing lasting damage to nature? To this end, our SouthWestphalia demonstrator is studying the effects of wind turbines on forest ecosystems and developing measures to mitigate them! Yesterday, Katharina Dröge, co-chair of the Green Party’s parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, visited the project and got an impression of a wind farm in Sundern-Wildewiese, which is planned in a forest area.
She exchanged views with authorities, scientists, citizens’ representatives and stakeholders and learned more about the challenges of wind power in draught damaged forests. We at KNOWING are very pleased about this visit and thank Katharina Dröge for her interest and time to deal with our project. We would also like to thank the mayor of Sundern, Klaus-Rainer Willeke, the city councilor Dr. Jacqueline Bila, urban planner Lars Ohlig, hotel manager Marion Steinberg and Adrian Mork from the Arnsberg province government for their participation and constructive contributions. KNOWING addresses cross-sector ecological, economic and social aspects of the climate transformation. With its demonstrator SouthWestphalia, KNOWING investigates together with various stakeholders how the additional stress caused by wind turbines in draught damaged forests through soil compaction, surface sealing and dehydration can be reduced and compensated by appropriate measures. Our goal is to develop a catalogue of measures that help reconcile the need for climate neutral energy generation, reforestation, water management, environmental protection, tourism and social acceptance.