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

BREAKING NEWS: Albanian PM Rama reacts – Kalivaç will not be built

In a reaction to the statement of Albanian President Ilir Meta, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced to the media today that he also is in favor of...

Alliance against Kalivaç dam on the Vjosa is growing

++ Vjosa Research Centre in Tepelena inaugurated ++ Scientists refute Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on Kalivaç hydropower plant ++ Albanian...

Deadline expired: Protect rivers consistently now

Conservation organizations are demanding a moratorium on the construction of small hydro power plants from the government of the Federation of Bosnia...

Poor breeding season for storks

++ Only a few storks have fledged in Europe’s stork villages ++ Extremes of weather cause problems for the storks ++ Conservation of green wetlands...

At long last: The EU bans lead shot in wetland areas

Good news for Europe’s water birds: hunting in wetlands with toxic lead shot is to be banned. So, every year in the EU about 1.5 million water birds...

Results for winning photos of EuroNatur’s photo competition

Around 3400 pictures of European nature were submitted to the judges this year – and the twelve winning photos are really something to look at.

Activists in Serbia get hands-on in fight against hydropower

In the Stara Planina region, residents from the village of Rakita have joined forces with conservationists to damage the pipes of a hydropower plant...

A first for Croatia: a person appears in court accused of poisoning wild animals

At the beginning of the year there were several cases of wild and domestic animals being poisoned in Croatia. Now a 52-year old has appeared in court,...

Commune of Mals fights for agriculture without pesticides

++ South Tyrolean commune has been campaigning for a pesticide ban for six years ++ Insecticides, herbicides, etc. are putting the living conditions...

Fishes in Mediterranean region endangered due to hydropower boom

++ New study confirms: hydropower plants have a devastating impact on fish populations in rivers around the Mediterranean ++ Numerous species are...

Failure of lead ammunition ban caused by Julia Klöckner's ministry

The Europe-wide ban on hunting with lead ammunition failed to gain approval last week – due to opposition from the Federal Ministry of Food and...

Tackle illegal logging or face court, Commission warns Romanian Government

The European Commission has demanded today that Romanian authorities take immediate action to stop illegal logging of old-growth and primary forests...

More than 122,000 people are demanding the protection of the Romanian virgin forests

++ A petition with more than 122,000 signatures has been handed to two State Secretaries of Romania’s environment minister ++ Demand for comprehensive...

Success for nature conservation: construction freeze for hydropower projects

++ Parliament imposes historic decision for rivers in Bosnia & Herzegovina ++

Triumph for European rivers

The European Water Framework Directive is to be kept in its current form. This has been confirmed by Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the...

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