Collaboration with the Regional Government of Aragón to protect birdlife

The monitoring committee of the agreement signed by both entities in 2013 agreed to improve the Bearded Vulture chick-rearing centre and update the results of the Mapping of bird flight paths project.

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The collaboration between Red Eléctrica de España and the Government of Aragón regarding the protection of birdlife will allow two projects to be focused on in 2016: improving the Bearded Vulture breeding centre in La Alfranca (Pastriz, Zaragoza) and updating the results of the ’Birds and power lines: mapping of bird flight paths’ project on which both entities have collaborated over the last three years. This was agreed upon by the monitoring committee of the collaboration agreement signed in 2013, which is responsible for defining the actions that will be launched this year and which have been announced by the General Director for Sustainability of the Government of Aragón, Sandra Ortega, and Red Eléctrica’s Delegate in Aragón, José Ignacio Lallana.

In the Bearded Vulture breeding centre that the Government of Aragón has in Zaragoza, the Bearded Vulture eggs are incubated and that under natural conditions would not be viable, as well as the rearing of chicks in their first days of life for their subsequent release into the natural environment. The adaptation of the facilities, which Red Eléctrica will finance with 30,000 euros, will consist of a comprehensive improvement of the building.

The second initiative will help update the information regarding bird flight paths and the distribution and habits of those particularly sensitive to the presence of electricity transmission lines. The ‘Birds and power lines: mapping of bird flight paths’ project promoted by Red Eléctrica, was awarded the 2014 European Business Award for the Environment in the category of Business and Biodiversity.

Red Eléctrica regularly collaborates with the Government of Aragón on different biodiversity conservation programmes, to which the Company has allocated 525,000 euros in the last 12 years. Among these programmes, noteworthy are: bird-flight diverter marking programmes for electricity lines; support for the recovery plan of the Bonelli’s Eagle in Aragón, which included the fitting of eagles with GPS satellite transmitters and monitoring thereof, and the fight against forest fires, through measures such as the installation of early fire detection cameras and geolocation devices, as well as the reforestation of areas affected by fire.

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