Elia, in collaboration with the French TSO RTE, several environmental NGO’s (Solon, Carah), and the Walloon government, has launched an EU-funded Life+ project to restore and/or create habitats in Natura2000 sites under existing overhead lines.
The overall objective of the project is to restore 130km of corridors under overhead lines in Belgium and France. It aims at fostering innovation in the management of forest corridors and demonstrating the innovative character. Furthermore, the project wants to prove that active management for biodiversity can reduce the costs of securing and maintaining corridors. RTE and Elia will share the experience with other TSOs. Part of the project is also to develop training modules for the maintenance teams and provide guidelines with favourable actions for biodiversity.