Combating poaching with power infrastructure
The Sorgente–Rizziconi connector between Sicily and the Italian mainland isn’t only of interest for its innovative use of radar. In terms of biodiversity, Terna is using the site to help combat poaching too. Sadly, the area is a destination not only for birdwatchers but also poachers. It has been defended by volunteers from conservation association LIPU since 1984, helping reduce illegal bird killings to about 200 a year.
We are joining the effort. We are installing cameras on transmission pylons to film migration and fitting the equipment with an added capability: if it detects gunfire, the camera automatically focuses in on the area where the shot came from and sends encrypted stills and video to law enforcement officers. With the future integration of artificial intelligence, software will be able to learn from birdwatchers to recognise different species, helping to catalogue migrations automatically.