In conjunction with the Spotlight Session at 10:00 to 12:30 June 16th this session will explore how upstream sensitivity mapping can provide low cost solution to speeding up the delivery of the transition to renewable energy by enabling sites of high wind/solar resource but with low environmental sensitivity to be quickly identified which are ideal for development as well as sites of high sensitivity that should be avoided.


This Side Event will have the following primary objectives:

  • The session will give an overview of the issues around scaling up renewable energy and the opportunities and challenges this presents.
  • The session will demonstrate the newly launched eSensitivity mapping tool AVISTEP (Avian Sensitivity Tool for Energy Planning). This will include:
    • Showing the current coverage of the tool and what geospatial layers are available;
    • Working through an example of a theoretical project for wind, solar and transmission;
    • Showing the output of the analysis completed;
    • Demonstrating the linkage to other datasets that will be available
  • Take questions and feedback on the tool

    Time (Manila) Activities
    08:00 - 08:10 p.m. Opening Remark

    • Duncan Lang, ADB
    08:10 - 08:20 p.m. Facilitator

    • Beatrice Gomez, Senior Environment Specialist, PSOD, ADB
    08:20 - 08:40 p.m. Demonstration Session

    • Tris Allinson,Senior Conservation Scientist, BirdLife International
    08:40 - 09:00 p.m. Q&A and Discussion


    About the Organizer

    The event will be prepared by ADB in collaboration with BirdLife International who are the key delivery partner for the development of the AVISTEP eSensitivity Mapper. They are the world leader in avian sensitivity mapping.

    Point of Contact

    Duncan Lang
    Asian Development Bank