Wildlife & Energy Programme

Energy and communications infrastructure such as power lines, power stations, wind turbines, telephone lines, cellphone towers, and pipe lines represent an important interface between man and wildlife, particularly in SA's growing economy. These structures are often tall (standing out in any landscape) and linear (crossing vast distances), increasing the opportunity for wildlife interactions.

Most of these structures are located outside of protected areas, making 'traditional' conservation authorities inadequate in managing interactions. The role of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Energy Programme (EWT-WEP) is therefore essential in ensuring that the impacts of these infrastructure on our wildlife is kept to an absolute minimum. The EWT-WEP's largest project is the Eskom–EWT Strategic Partnership.

The specialists listed have committed to comply with the BirdLife South Africa / Endangered Wildlife Trust Best Practice Guidelines for Avifaunal Monitoring and Impact Mitigation at Proposed Wind Energy Development Sites in southern Africa. click

Contact us:

Constant Hoogstad - Programme Manager email
Marianne Golding - Programme Administrator email
Lourens Leeuwner - Renewable Energy Project Manager email
Matt Pretorius - Senior Field Officer - Eskom/EWT Strategic Partnership email
Amos Letsoalo - Senior Field Officer / Training Facilitator - Eskom/EWT Strategic Partnership email
Samantha Page - Conservation Science Officer email
Meg Murison - Field Officer - Eskom/EWT Strategic Partnership email
Kirsten Retief - Field Officer - Eskom/EWT Strategic Partnership email
Elizabeth Maggot - Field Officer Intern
Jo-Ann Josephs - Field Officer Intern
Dalena de Wee - Field Officer Intern