International Association for Impact Assessment

Launching of the First Geoportal of Migratory Austral Geese – An Online Tool

  • Presenter(s): Charlotte Zittel, Daniel Blanco and Irene Fabricante

    Recorded: 19 JULY 2023

    Facilitator(s): Ariel Cuschnir

    This 90-minute recording presents the first Geoportal of migratory Austral Geese (Genera Chloephaga Sp)– an online tool to support the development of wind farm projects and Austral Geese conservation.

    The objective of the project was to develop an interactive web tool open to the public, for consultation, and visualization of georeferenced databases and information on Austral Geese (Cauquenes) species, including an endangered species (Chloephaga Rubidicens). The species’ migratory paths share similar air space with wind farms being developed along Patagonia, Argentina, creating potential risk conditions for these birds. The information offered in the Geoportal aims to contribute to the knowledge of these species, and in adopting sustainable considerations in the design and location of wind farms. The Geoportal is of central importance since green energy production is in the government plans of both Chile and Argentina, countries that share the southern cone of Patagonia, the reproductive area of Cauquenes species.

    The initial source of information for this Geoportal was the geographic database and documents developed for the Regional Study of Cauquenes of Argentina. A study funded by the German Bank DEG-Invest in 2019, and updated by AMDA Consultants LLC in 2023.

    That information was subsequently updated by Wetlands International in collaboration with AMDA Consultants with the addition of new sources of information developed by Wetlands.

    We hear from Ariel Cuschnir (President AMDA Consultants LLC), Charlotte Zittel (Senior Social and Environment Manager at DEG-Impulse), Daniel Blanco (LAC Executive Director Wetlands International – Argentina), and Irene Fabricante (Associated Expert Wetlands International), who present the project.

    The final 20-30 minutes are dedicated to questions.

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