An international alliance of 200 kayakers, anglers, residents and nature conservationists on Saturday protested on the river Sana in Bosnia and Herzegovina against the hydropower plant “Medna”, which is currently under construction. Constructor is the Austrian-German energy company KELAG.
Nine countries, nine photo competitions, one goal: Cooperating in an international photo contest, nine EuroNatur partner organisations from the countries along the Balkan Green Belt are inviting all nature enthusiasts to capture the beauty of the region along the former Iron Curtain in impressive photos.
From 13th to 16th April 2016 50 participants from altogether 13 European countries met in Băile Herculane, Romania to strengthen the green spine of our continent. Central focus was the southernmost section of the most extensive biotope complex world-wide, the Balkan Green Belt.
Today, about 150 paddler are opening the Balkan Rivers Tour on the Sava river in Slovenia. Led by former Slovenian Olympic athlete Rok Rozman, kayakers from all over Europe will paddle the most stunning and most threatened rivers in the Balkans over the next 35 days.
European Parliament criticizes Albanian government for hydropower projects at the Vjosa and in protected areas
The European Parliament criticized the Albanian government for the planning of hydropower projects and called upon them to be more considerate of protected areas and other sensitive nature areas, especially national parks.
At the second International Conference on the Protection of Ulcinj Solana on 7 April 2016 in Podgorica, which was also attended by the ambassadors of Germany, France, and the USA, as well as the head of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, EuroNatur questioned the Montenegrin government’s political will to protect this wetland area.
Between April 16 and May 20, kayakers from all over Europe will paddle the most stunning Balkan rivers. The so-called “Balkan Rivers Tour” is an activity against the dam tsunami which is threatening to destroy the unique river landscape on the Balkan Peninsula.
More than 100 European NGOs, including EuroNatur, sent an open letter to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, calling on him to fundamentally question the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) ability to address the fundamental challenges that Europe is facing in agriculture, nutrition, climate change, and resource use.
The Dalmatian pelicans of the Albanian Karavasta lagoon have made a successful start to the new breeding season. The last time that staff from EuroNatur’s partner organisation Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania (PPNEA) did their rounds in early March, they counted 50 breeding pairs. The last time such high numbers were recorded was in the mid-1990s.
A few days ago a brown bear was found dead in the Cantabrian mountains in the North Spanish municipality of Quiros. EuroNatur’s partner, Fapas, suspects that the male bear was a victim of poachers.