The Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) held, under the patronage of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, and in cooperation with the Migratory Soaring Birds project (MSB), a workshop entitled: “Let’s Make Energy Projects friendly to Nature, the Environment and birds “. The workshop was held in the Shami Hall, the National Museum of Damascus on Monday 11 May 2015, on the occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) that is celebrated under the theme “Energy: make it friendly to birds“. It aims to highlight the importance of exploiting energy technologies in a manner that prevents their impacts on migratory birds.
Participants in this workshop, discussed national plans for developing renewable energy projects, national environmental laws and legislations, instructions for establishing energy projects and proposed sites for establishing wind farms and other renewable energy projects in the Syrian investment map. The risks from energy facilities located on the path of bird migration were highlighted and the adoption of environmental sensitivity maps for establishing these facilities was stressed upon. In addition, the adoption of approved international standards on establishing Wind and solar energy farms and construction of power transmission lines was also discussed.