Anti Hydropower Platform

The last free flowing rivers and their ecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin, namely in the Balkan and Iberian peninsula and elsewhere in Europe, are at risk from large- and small-scale hydropower projects. Hydropower is often presented as a "green and clean" source of energy, though nothing could be further from the truth. Free-flowing rivers are crucial for human life, wildlife and sustainable development. Let’s defend them for today and our future generation!

Who we are and what we do

We represent a growing movement of organisations working to protect rivers in the Mediterranean Basin, Iberian and Balkans peninsula from the impact of dams and hydropower. In order to address these destructive projects, we do the following:
• Develop knowledge about the threats of hydropower in the region by commissioning studies
• Raise awareness about the importance of free-flowing rivers by organising events
• File legal actions to ensure compliance with environmental laws and international agreements
• Stop funds by identifying banks and financial institutions that are involved ecociding our commodity goods (see our studies)
• Empower NGOs and mobilize the public to successfully fight hydropower on their rivers
• Promote alternative energy developments

 

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Building of a small hydro power plant at Cijevna River (Albania)

© CZIP

River ecosystems are among the most critically endangered habitats. In the last 15-20 years, there has been a strong increase in dam building and proposals for new hydropower plants, with devastating effects on freshwater ecosystems and coastal areas. Dams interrupt the connectivity of a river, its biodiversity, sediment transport, as well as the quantity and quality of surface and ground waters. You can find more information in our studies and factsheets.

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News

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