EWS Team for Biology & Ecology increased

12.7.2021

Trio of experts ensures nature compatibility in renewable energy projects

Nature conservation surveys and expert contributions are becoming increasingly important for the approval of wind energy and photovoltaic plants, among other things because species protection law and species protection questions have to be answered in increasing depth.

Since May 2021, Christiane Steinbacher MSc and Ing. MSc (Bakk. Tehn.) Norbert Zierhofer have been working as project manager and project manager for ecology in the EWS team at the Bruck an der Leitha site. Both of them can hardly ever be found in the office. Their area of responsibility is the open land.

Michael Riedl, Managing Director of the Technical Office for Biology at the EWS: "Nowadays it is precisely the field surveys that take up a lot of time, not only because an even better data basis than before is often required for serious answers to species protection law questions, but also because, for example, independent of this, planning is increasingly taking place in other habitats where there are still gaps in knowledge to be filled. That's why I'm glad to have active support now."

Christiane Steinbacher works mainly in the field of biological field surveys with a focus on birds and bats. Her tasks also include the evaluation and presentation of the survey results as well as the conception of measures for the avoidance, reduction and compensation of impacts. The preparation of nature conservation statements and expert reports is also part of her activities.

Norbert Zierhofer is mainly responsible for ornithological field surveys and expert opinions, as well as for wildlife biology and forest ecology issues. He writes expert contributions for environmental impact statements as well as contributions for strategic environmental assessments, impact assessments and ecological statements and concepts of measures.

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