Wind energy facility threatening Lear’s Macaw suspended


Lear's Macaw
Lear’s Macaw. Photograph by Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock

Final week, a federal choose in Brazil suspended all licenses beforehand granted to vitality firm Voltalia to construct a wind energy facility within the habitat of the endangered Lear’s Macaw in northeastern Brazil. In his ruling, the choose stated that these licenses can’t be granted till legally required Environmental Influence Research and Environmental Influence Experiences have been accomplished and public hearings have been held. In the meantime, development for the mission has been underway for a number of months, making a collision danger for birds as they fly via the world. 

“We applaud the choose’s resolution and hope that this results in the mission’s relocation out of Lear’s Macaw habitat,” stated Amy Upgren, American Chook Conservancy’s director of the Alliance for Zero Extinction.   

This resolution was prompted by a lawsuit filed by federal and state-level public prosecutors in Brazil final month that asserted the mission’s licenses needs to be nullified as a result of Voltalia had unlawfully proceeded with out an Environmental Influence Evaluation. Native communities have additionally voiced their opposition to the wind mission, most not too long ago in December 2022 in a formal criticism to the United Nations.  

Renewable vitality is vitally necessary within the battle in opposition to local weather change. ABC advocates for renewable vitality to be positioned in areas the place threats to birds are minimized.

The realm the place wind generators have been beneath development is formally acknowledged for its environmental significance as a Key Biodiversity Space and Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) website. With Brazilian companions, ABC has supported profitable efforts to preserve the Lear’s Macaw within the space for many years, together with the enlargement of the Canudos Organic Station Reserve, which offers protected habitat for the species. Voltalia’s wind mission poses a critical menace to years of progress towards saving this species from extinction. The current ruling is a hopeful signal that Lear’s Macaw will be capable to proceed its path towards restoration. 


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