Sustainable energy sources, like wind, water
and sun, gain more and more interest in Europe as a tool fighting
the climate change. In Slovenia they intend to or already placed
wind turbine and water turbines. Although these are good methods
to reduce CO2, much (nature) area is destroyed for this.
In the Sava and Drava are a few
water power plants. All of them formed relative large waterbodies.
During the winter and migration many waterbirds use this to rest.
However, before realising this many typical riverbed habitats
were destroyed. In the future they intend to do the same more
upstream of the Sava. At Mura they also intend to make water power
On Volovje reber, north of Ilirska
Bistrica, the government wants to place 42 wind turbines. This
area known for the wind "borea". Volovja reber is in
the Karst area and is mainly covered with meadows. Volovja reber
is also an important area for large migrators, like vultures,
storks and eagles. The wind turbines can become a large problem
for these birds. Beside this Ilirska Bistrica is depended on the
drinking water which comes from Volovja reber. When there would
be an accident with one of the wind turbines, this drinking water
will be polluted.