Renewable Reindeer

Revising and re-structuring the Renewable Energy system in Norway while preserving long-term wild reindeer habitat functionality. 2015-20

Norway hosts the last populations of wild mountain reindeer, and has international responsibility to preserve them. However, in those same mountain areas Norway also hosts a large number of hydroelectric plants that - along with roads and other infrastructures - often represent barriers to reindeer migrations. Most licenses for the hydropower stations are currently being revised, with the aim to reduce their environmental impact. RenewableReindeer brings together ecologists, mathematicians, computer scientists, social scientists, technicians and local communities and stakeholders to finding ways to mitigate the impact of the network of infrastructures associated to the renewable energy systems while preserving reindeer habitat. Read extended summary

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Peer-reviewed publications:

Conference lectures and popular publications:

  • Vannkraft: samlet belastning på villrein og scenario analyse for å identifisere avbøtende tiltak. Panzacchi M. «Fornybardagen» i NINA; 2018-04-18
  • Norwegian wild reindeer: understanding impacts in a busy landscape. Strand. O; Panzacchi M; Van Moorter, B; Gundersen V; Romtveit L; Mossing, A; Nilsen E. CARMA 9; 2018-03
  • Renrein "Renewable Reindeer". Panzacchi, M 2017. Web article i 
  • RenewableReindeer. Panzacchi, M; Strand, O; Ruud, A; Thomassen, J; Kaltenborn, BJ Petter; Van Moorter, B; Næss, C; L'Abee-Lund, Jan Henning; Grimsby, Per Øyvind; BJeraas, K; Jaren, V; Lund, Erik; Paulsen, Kåre; Bøthun, Siri; Mossing, A; Singsaas, Marianne; Romtveit, L. Villreinen 2017 s. 66-69
  • Measuring simultaneously habitat loss and fragmentation due to infrastructures: a novel habitat functionality metric. Van Moorter, B. Interview. 2017-02-20
  • HABITAT FUNCTIONALITY METRIC: Quantifying the total impact of habitat loss & fragmentation on mobile species, in large continuous landscapes. Van Moorter, B; Kivimäki, I; Devooght, R; Panzacchi, M; Saerens, M. JRC European Joint Research Centre; 2017-12-07
  • How to quantify the total impact of human land use by habitat loss & fragmentation? HABITAT FUNCTIONALITY. Van Moorter, B; Kivimäki, I; Devooght, R; Panzacchi, M; Saerens, M. NTNU Sustainability Science Conference 2017.10.18-20
  • Stress:does it matter? A review of mechanisms and fitness consequences of stress in large herbivores. C. M. Stølhaug. Hedmark University College 2016 50 s
  • RENREIN - ET VIKTIG PROSJEKT. Panzacchi, M; Mossing, A. 2016. Web article in
  • Fornybar villrein - arealplanlegging og utbygging i villreinområder.Panzacchi, M; Næss, C. 2016. NINA
  • Villrein og rødlister. [Internett] 2016-11-25. Panzacchi, M; Næss, C; Strand, O. NINA
  • Villrein og rødlister. [Internett] 2016-11-25.Panzacchi, M; Strand, O; Næss, C. NINA
  • You shall pass! A mechanistic evaluation of mitigation efforts in road ecology. IENE 2016 - 5th International Conference on Ecology and Transportation; 2016-08-30 - 2016-09-02 Rolandsen, C Moe; Van Moorter, B; Panzacchi, M; Solberg, Erling Johan; Roer, Ole
  • Quantifying the total impact of linear infrastructures on wildlife: a new Habitat Functionality metric to quantify simultaneously Habitat Loss & Habitat Fragmentation. Van Moorter, B; Kivimäki, I; Devooght, R; Panzacchi, M; Saerens, M. 5th IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation; 2016-08-30/2
  • Fremtidens forskning på bærekraftig arealbruk slik at villreinstammen Ietas på lang sikt. Van Moorter, B; Panzacchi, M. Villreinrådets årlige fagdag; 2016-06-01/2
  • Green is good for the planet, but it’s no go for reindeer. Hanlon, Michael; Panzacchi, M; Strand, O. The Observer [Tidsskrift] 2015-12-06
  • Green is good for the planet, but it’s no go for reindeer. The Observer / The Guardian, London, UK. Michael Hanlon, Web article based on interview to M. Panzacchi and O. Strand. 6 Dec 2015
  • RenewableReindeer. Kivimäki, I; Saramäki, Jari; Panzacchi, M; Van Moorter, B. webpage at the ComplexSystems website at Aalto University, Finland
  • ENERGIX: NYTT PROSJEKT FRA NINA MED STØTTE FRA NORSK FORSKINGSRÅD. Panzacchi, M. Fagdag og Landsmøte Villrein 2015; 2015-06-03 - 2015-06-04
  • How a Special Feature can help wildlife “Stuck in Motion”. Panzacchi, M. Journal of Animal Ecology 2015
  • RenewableReindeer. Revising and re-structuring the renewable energy system in Norway while preserving wild reindeer habitat functionality. Panzacchi, M. CEDREN – status og resultater; 2015-04-15
  • The secret life of wild reindeer. Animal Ecology in Focus: News and thought-provoking discussion provided by the Journal of Animal Ecology. Panzacchi, M. Journal of Animal Ecology 2015
  • Wild reindeer in the anthropocene. Panzacchi, M. NINAdagan; 2015-10-20 - 2015-10-21
  • Datasimulator skal redde norsk villrein. Panzacchi, M; Jakobsen, Marianne. Nettartikkel NRK Sørlandet. NRK Sørlandet [Internett] 2015-03-08
  • RenewableReindeer. Panzacchi, M; Van Moorter, B. project website
  • Wild reindeer in the anthropocene: Is it possible to reconcile conservation with human development?. Panzacchi, M; Van Moorter, B; Strand, O; Jordhøy, Per; Gundersen, V. 14th Arctic Ungulate Conference; 2015-08-16 - 2015-08-21


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The team

R&D Partners

Financial and R&D partners, Røros, 2015

Financing Partners


Adacemic Partners

Belgian and Finnish Academic partners, Brussels, Oct 2015


Project Events

New PhD student
Start Date/Time:
01 September 2016 12:00
End Date/Time:
01 September 2020 13:00
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Univ. Guelph, Canada

Our new PhD student, Rebecca Viejou, started working on reindeer in Norway through a collaboration project between the University of Guelph, Canada (supervisor: Prof. John Fryxell) and NINA (supervisors: Bram V. Moorter, M. Panzacchi). Beky will work on a project entitled "Energetics, productivity, and demography of Norwegian reindeer in relation to landscape features". The project will give us the unique opportunity to further build upon the experience developed at the University of Guelph on the link between caribou movements, energetics, and fitness, to coordinate among several ongoing projects on wild and semi-domestic reindeer in Norway, in particular RenewableReindeer (lead: NINA Trondheim) and ProdChange (lead: A.Stien, NINA Tromsø). 

Owned by Manuela Panzacchi On 27 October 2016

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