The German National Committee of UNESCO has spoken out against wind turbines in the Palatinate Forest. The topic has been discussed very emotionally in the West Palatinate for years.
At the beginning of September, the Committee for the UNESCO Programme Man and Biosphere sent a corresponding letter with its position to the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of the Environment. The committee justifies its criticism with the status of the forest as a biosphere reserve. A spokesman for the ministry confirmed receipt of the letter on Friday. First, the "Rheinpfalz" had reported on the letter.
Greens in Hauenstein for wind turbines in the Palatinate Forest
The Greens in the Hauenstein municipal council were affected by the letter. For some time now, they have been trying to arrange an inspection with Environment Minister Anne Spiegel (Greens) and the committee at the former military base Langerkopf, they said on request. On this area near the municipality of Hofstätten, ten wind turbines were already under discussion.
Relief in Hofstätten due to criticism of wind turbines
The mayor of Hofstätten, Peter Bernhard, sees himself confirmed by the letter. Together with the Initiative Pro Pfälzerwald, he had spoken out against the construction of wind turbines.
Coalition agreement for wind turbines in the Palatinate Forest
The Rhineland-Palatinate coalition agreement provides for wind turbines along motorways and railway lines as well as on pre-polluted conversion areas and development zones in the Palatinate Forest. No wind turbines are planned in core and care zones. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) had already said shortly before the state election in the spring that wind turbines should not be taboo in the Palatinate Forest. However, the state government had always campaigned for the status of the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve. If UNESCO now positions itself clearly against wind turbines there, the state government is in a quandary.
The state government is in talks with the responsible committee of UNESCO, said on Friday Erwin Manz (Greens), State Secretary in the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of the Environment. "The Committee is aware that we need renewable energies in order to achieve the ambitious climate protection targets. That's why we're talking about whether and what is possible in the Palatinate Forest."
CDU criticizes state government over wind power plans
The CDU parliamentary group in the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament is calling on the state government to be more transparent in its plans for wind power. "The state government must immediately refrain from its plans to open parts of the Palatinate Forest for wind turbines," demands parliamentary group leader Christian Baldauf. "Recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is at stake."
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