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WG 2 Environmental Co-existence

WG2 focuses on the mitigation of the environmental impacts of offshore energy projects. Members cooperate to identify best practices for co-existence with marine ecosystems and wildlife, seek innovative solutions for biodiversity preservation and minimize ecological disruption.​

Objective: Identify planning bottlenecks and knowledge gaps for micro siting of energy infrastructure in the Black Sea

Discussion points:

  • Map environmental risks in the Black Sea region related to offshore wind energy in marine protected areas;
  • Identifying bottlenecks and knowledge gaps specific to zoning in the Black Sea region;
  • Explore data collection methodologies on marine biodiversity, habitats, and ecosystems;
  • Develop standardized methods for assessing the potential ecological impact of offshore wind projects.
  • Discuss strategies for minimizing the negative effects on marine ecosystems;
  • Enhance biodiversity conservation within and around offshore wind projects.
  • Prepare for habitat restoration and enhancement initiatives;
  • Design protocols for ongoing monitoring of ecological conditions post-construction.
  • Implement adaptive management strategies to address unforeseen ecological impacts;
  • List criteria for zoning procedures addressing potential conflicts with other maritime activities;
  • Address availability of reliable data and provide recommendations for data sources;
  • Foster international cooperation on shared maritime spaces;
  • Enhance inclusive stakeholder engagement in the maritime spatial planning process

Anticipated outputs:

  • Guidelines for maritime spatial planning and environment derisking for offshore wind deployment in the Black Sea