Key areas

The centrepiece of our campaign to Save the Blue Heart of Europe  is made up of three areas of particularly high ecological value. Under no circumstances should these river landscapes be built on. Instead we are striving for a sustainable development of these areas (for example, by soft eco-tourism and the marketing of regional products). The Balkan rivers have enormous potential for this, as they are the last wild rivers in Europe!



Vjosa — Europe's wild jewel

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© Romy Durst

The Vjosa river is one of our continent's last great wild rivers. Huge banks of gravel, small gravel bars and dreamlike bays come and go with the dynamics of the water. In tranquil sections, species-rich alluvial forests line the river banks. The great value of the Vjosa is that it is unspoilt. Yet this could soon be a thing of the past; the construction of a chain of eight hydropower plants is on the horizon. More...

Mavrovo – Macedonia's largest national park

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© Goran Safarek

The landscape of the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia is still characterised by extensive beech forests, alpine meadows and largely undamaged river landscapes. Here under the cloak of green energy, amongst other plans, two major dam projects are proposed that threaten to wipe out a biodiversity that has taken millenia to develop. These plans make a complete nonsense of the idea of a national park. More...

The Sava – Europe’s prime source of natural flood prevention

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© Martin Schneider-Jacoby

The distinct features of the Sava River are its vast alluvial forests, extensive wetland, and traditional villages along the river. Rare species, such as the White-tailed Eagle, the Lesser-spotted Eagle, the Black and White Stork, or the Spoonbill find habitat here; ancient domesticated species are gazing in the pastures. Moreover, the Sava floodplains are a prime example for natural flood prevention. But the river is facing a double threat. The Sava River is under attack from two sides: the integrity of the upper and middle section is threatened by new hydro dam projects while the lower part is at risk of regulations due to plans for a navigational upgrade. More...

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News: Blue Heart of Europe

Dams on Neretva river: Complaint submitted to Bern Convention

++ NGOs submit a complaint to the Bern Convention against Bosnia and Herzegovina for permitting dam-building on the pristine upper Neretva ++ A...

Slovene Government planning to expand hydroelectric power

A series of hydroelectric power stations are planned to be built along the River Save in Slovenia; the government in Ljubljana has granted several...

Nature conservation essential for EU accession

Hydropower, deforestation, biodiversity: The Commission's report on the EU candidate countries sets out clear requirements for nature conservation.

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...

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...

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...

Success for nature conservation: construction freeze for hydropower projects

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

The "Brave Women of Kruščica" must fight again

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the women residents of the village of Kruščica are once again preparing to blockade their river. Investors have announced...

Artists speak up for Balkan Rivers

++ On the occasion of the World Music Day on 21 June 40 artists support the Blue Heart campaign for the protection of Balkan Rivers ++

Expansion of hydropower under protection of curfew

++ Increasing destruction of nature in times of pandemic ++ Investors exploit the corona crisis for illegal construction of hydropower plants ++...

Complaint against Serbia submitted to Energy Community

EuroNatur and three other NGOs submit a complaint to the Energy Community against Serbia’s failure to fully assess the environmental impacts of small...

Albanian and international science community stands up against damming the Vjosa

++ 776 scientists demand in a petition an end to the dam projects on the Vjosa in Albania ++ Scientists demand Albanian government to respect...

Rebuke for Albania: Bern Convention insists on Albanian government to suspend hydropower projects on Vjosa river

The Bern Convention Standing Committee has decided to keep the case against the Albanian government in regards to the projected Pocem and Kalivac...