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Dam Tsunami to Threaten Balkan Rivers

As a contribution to this year’s UN World Water Day (22.3.) on the topic of “Water and Energy”, EuroNatur and Riverwatch draw attention to the impending destruction of rivers on the Balkan Peninsula. Disguised as green sources of energy, more than 570 hydropower plants are planned to be built between Slovenia and Albania.

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Spiegel magazine: Europe’s last wild rivers to be sold off

More than 570 dams are currently planned for the Balkans. Together with its partner Riverwatch, EuroNatur is campaigning against the destruction of Europe’s last wild rivers. This precarious situation is the subject of Philip Bethge’s article “Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers” in the current issue of Spiegel magazine.

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Save the blue heart of Europe

One of Europe’s oldest national parks is in danger: two large hydropower plants are to be built in Macedonia’s Mavrovo National Park with the help of international funding. Both the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plan to fund these projects. But now objections are being raised. 119 environmental scientists from around the world are protesting about the plans.

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Two new animal species discovered in the area of projected dam on Vjosa

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Huchen protesting at Drina Regatta

++ 20,000 people at this year's event on Drina River in Serbia ++ NGO's protested against damming the globally most important Huchen (Danube Salmon)...

Hydropower project Kalivaç revisited

Albanian government re-opens the concession procedure for the Kalivaç HPP++ NGOs prepare their opposition

Dam project stopped for the present

++ Albanian Court stops dam project on the Vjosa ++ Success for nature conservation and affected residents ++

 

Scientists for Vjosa

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European Parliament discusses Sava River

++ Opportunities for and threats to one of the most valuable rivers of Europe ++ Unique potential for natural flood control identified

Albania: European Parliament demands national park for Vjosa and stop to hydropower projects

In the current Enlargement Report of the European Parliament, the Parliament explicitly criticizes the Albanian government in regards to its...

“White Book Sava” presented

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New Hope for Balkan Rivers

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Scientists call environmental assessment for Vjosa hydropower project a farce

Renowned scientists from Austria and Germany have analysed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the hydropower project Poçem on the Vjosa...

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