Offshore Wind Farms in Marine Protected Areas?
CoCoNet stands for Towards COast to COast NETworks of Marine Protected Areas, coupled with sea-based wind energy potential. Through CoCoNET, twenty-two European countries are working together to find out how best to create a network of existing Marine Protected Areas.
Recently, attention has been drawn to the combination of renewable energy and biodiversity.
Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems, as it represents the degree of variability of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or the entire planet.
The two main focuses of the CoCoNet project are the identification of interconnected Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas as well as the selection of areas where Offshore Wind farms can be established, avoiding too sensitive habitats but acting as stepping stones through MPAs. 3E is taking part in the selection of these areas through the creation of a smart wind chart for the entire Mediterranean and Black Seas.
As a part of the outreach program of CoCoNet project a 30-min documentary film has been created and directed by Roberto Rinaldi. It features Marine Protected Areas, ecosystem functioning, and offshore wind farms, with beautiful and colorful footage of both the Mediterranean and Black Sea.