CoCoNet stands for: Towards COast to COast NETworks of Marine Protected Areas coupled with sea-based wind energy potential.
CoCoNet - to Protect and Connect

To run all our tvs, computers and to heat or cool our homes we need lots of energy.

The wind provides energy for free!

Offshore Wind Farms collect this energy - but what about the birds, fish and other sea creatures that live near them?

  • STARFISH
    ©Tato Grasso / Wikimedia Commons
  • RED-THROATED DIVER
    ©David Kama / Wikimedia Commons

CoCoNET is finding out what effects Offshore Wind Farms have on these animals and how they can be protected.

By making some areas of the sea Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) certain living and sometimes non-living resources are legally protected, and restrictions may apply to some activities in these areas of our seas.

Through CoCoNET, twenty-two European countries are working together to find out how best to create a network of existing MPAs.

There will also be a wind atlas for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Recently, attention has been drawn to the combination of renewable energy and biodiversity.

Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems, as it represents the degree of variability of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or the entire planet.

Wind power is a renewable energy source - wind is clean, free and will never stop.

Wind turbines do not need any type of fuel, so their direct environmental risks are low.

Offshore Wind Farms could provide new homes for creatures that live on the seabed, such as starfish.

Creatures that live on the seabed are known as benthic, from a Greek word meaning "depths of the sea".

Their potential impact on birds, fish and marine mammals, however, must be carefully evaluated.