Date： 12th October, 2016
Location： Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Life Science Building, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
To answer the calls of Taiwan’s Green Energy Policy, the Administration has approved wind turbine installation for two of the demonstration wind farms. However, there are many other wind farm proposals that are being planned and assessed currently, and it is expected that intense environmental review and evaluation will be carried out in the coming two years. Among many items of environmental assessment, impact to the Chinese white dolphin population from offshore wind farm construction and operations is one of the focal points being closely watched by the public.
The Chinese white dolphin population off the west coast of Taiwan is currently critically endangered. Because its habitat is adjacent to many of the offshore wind turbines, it is expected that these animals would be impacted during wind farm construction and even operation phases. In addition, there are many other cetacean species off Taiwan’s west coast (though it is regrettable that there has been hardly any field research on these species so far), some of them could also be critically endangered, for example, the finless porpoise.
It is necessary to better assess the potential impacts of underwater noise during the environmental analysis of offshore wind farm construction and operations, to assist the development of mitigation strategies, and to monitor long-term risks to cetacean populations. To do this we must gather experts from different fields and work together to develop strategies and action items that are most appropriate to conserve cetacean and marine resources for Taiwan. Your participation in the Forum will provide a long-lasting contribution to Taiwan energy development as well as cetacean conservation!!
Institute of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
National Taiwan University
12th October 2016