Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts

2-5 May 2011, Trondheim, Norway.

  • CWW 2011 was the first large international conference on wind energy and wildlife impacts 
  • CWW 2011 gathered expertise and stakeholders from all over the world to share experience on how wind power plants may impact wildlife
  • CWW 2011 focused on challenges and solutions in technological, management and ecological perspectives.

The Conference took place at the Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel in the city centre of Trondheim.



Energy from renewable sources has become increasingly important as part of energy policies, partly due to climate change scenarios. With the present targets for renewable energy production in many countries, and the huge world potential for wind-power generation, wind-power development has become a very important issue from a political, economical and ecological point of view. Ecological impacts of wind-power generation are debated intensively within several fora, and there is a need for a firm knowledge-base on the impacts on wildlife, as well as innovative and efficient mitigation measures.

Norway has long been a net exporter of renewable energy from hydropower, and is in the forefront of wind energy development. 2010 was the last year of a major research programme (BirdWind) on wildlife and wind-power generation in Norway. The programme focussed on research tools and methodological development, as well as population effects on wildlife (particularly the white-tailed eagle). Much work is in progress on these issues worldwide. CWW 2011 gathered colleagues from all over the world to share experiences on how wind-power plants may affect wildlife, and discussed how we should meet the challenges created by the world-wide increased activity in large scale wind-power plant construction.

Conference organiser

CWW 2011 was organised by The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN).


The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research. The institute employs a staff of approximately 190 and directs well-equipped laboratories and facilities at seven locations in Norway. NINA offers broad-based ecological expertise covering the genetic, population, species, ecosystem and landscape level, in terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine environments.

Read more about NINA


Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN) is one
of the eight Norwegian Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (CEER/FME)
established to obtain a substantial increase in the research and development in the
fields of renewable energy in Norway. NINA is one of the main R&D partners in
CEDREN, and the centre project BirdWind form a essential scientific basis for the
CWW 2011 conference.

Visit the CEDREN website


Organising committee


Scientific committee

  • Dr. Roel May (NINA, Norway) (Chairman Scientific Committee)
  • Dr. Rowena Langston (RSPB, UK)
  • Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel (Technical University of Berlin, Germany)
  • Dr. Mark Desholm (NERI, Danmark)
  • Dr. Andrew Gill (Cranfield University, UK)
  • Dr. Shawn Smallwood (USA)
  • Dr. Edward Arnett (Bat Conservation International Inc., USA)