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Ministry talks to Unesco committee about wind turbines

2021-10-22T14:22:52.723Z

The state government's plans have raised questions with the German committee for the Unesco Man and Biosphere program. Now there is an “open dialogue” on this. The CDU accuses the ministry of withholding a letter from the committee.



The state government's plans have raised questions with the German committee for the Unesco Man and Biosphere program.

Now there is an “open dialogue” on this.

The CDU accuses the ministry of withholding a letter from the committee.

Mainz - The construction of wind turbines planned by the state government on polluted areas in the Palatinate Forest is met with concerns by a committee of the World Cultural Organization Unesco.

There are therefore talks with the German committee for the Unesco Man and Biosphere Program (MAB), said a spokesman for the climate protection and environment ministry in Mainz on Friday.

This committee looks after the protection of the Palatinate Forest biosphere reserve.

"It is undisputed that a strong expansion of renewable energies is inevitable to achieve the climate targets," said State Secretary Erwin Manz (Greens).

“We are in good and close communication with the MAB committee on this issue as well.

It is clear that the state government will not implement anything that calls into question the status of the biosphere reserve. "

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For the Palatinate Forest, the region and also the country, it would be a disaster if this Unesco status were revoked, said the CDU parliamentary group leader Christian Baldauf on Friday.

He accused climate protection minister Anne Spiegel (Greens) of withholding a letter from the MAB committee and announced that he would put this on the agenda in the state parliament's environmental committee.

A ministry spokesman confirmed that the MAB committee wrote to the ministry in a letter dated September 7th. The letter was received on October 5th. After September 7th there was a talk with the MAB committee in the ministry for several hours. This open dialogue has not yet been concluded.

In their coalition agreement, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP have committed themselves to exempting the core and maintenance zones of the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve from wind energy use.

In so-called development zones, for example along motorways and railway lines or on former military areas, however, “near-natural use of wind energy” should be made possible.

The Energy Agency Rhineland-Palatinate considers the construction of around ten wind turbines on areas in the Palatinate Forest that have already been contaminated by human intervention to be realistic.

dpa

Source: merkur

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