Keeping Wildlife Safe and the Lights on Where Nature and Energy Infrastructure Meet in Southern Africa

Impala, zebra, giraffe close to a power line
The global effort to increase clean, affordable and reliable energy comes at a cost to wildlife. Photo credit: EWT

Changing the Way Utilities Think About and Manage Wildlife Interactions

The cover of Mainstreaming Wildlife Incident Management into Utilities in Southern Africa

Leading by Example: Mozambique’s Power Utility Embraces Wildlife Management

Power Africa and EWT integrated a similar system into Mozambique’s state-owned power utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). EDM works to achieve the Government of Mozambique’s goal of electrifying all households by 2030. To meet this goal, EDM must construct new electricity infrastructure, reduce damage to existing power lines, and save costs.

A poster showing various birds and power infrastructure that EDM placed in its offices, at substations, and other strategic places so that staff and the public can report incidents
EDM placed this poster in its offices, at substations, and other strategic places staff and the public report incidents

Zooming in on South Africa’s Protected Areas

A recent EWT study estimates that if all high-risk wooden distribution poles in the Kruger National Park alone were protected against large mammal impacts, the South African utility, Eskom, would save about $1.27 million (R18 million) annually.

A Cape buffalo at a wooden distribution pole in the Kruger National Park in South Africa
A Cape buffalo at a wooden distribution pole in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photo credit: EWT

Achieving a Wildlife-Friendly Electricity Network

By leaning on EWT’s experience, Power Africa has spotlighted the importance of managing wildlife interactions with energy infrastructure in Southern Africa. If utilities begin documenting and addressing wildlife interactions, supplementing environmental impact assessment processes with internal due diligence, deploying wildlife-friendly designs, and installing mitigation products on hardware where appropriate, they will prevent countless wildlife mortalities, optimize network performance, and increase their profitability.

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