Balkan Rivers in the European Parliament

The Blue Heart team presented the Eco-Masterplan for Balkan Rivers in the European Parliament in Brussels at the event “Save the Balkan Rivers: Resisting Hydro Power Plants in the Balkans & Albania”.

EuroNatur project leader Theresa Schiller (right) and Cornelia Wieser from RiverWatch in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. © EuroNatur

The eco-masterplan is a comprehensive study compiling for the first time our knowledge about the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the Balkan Rivers, and pointing out which parts have to be left untouched. EuroNatur project leader Theresa Schiller and Cornelia Wieser representing our partner organisation RiverWatch presented the eco-masterplan to particularly interested Members of European Parliament on the 7th of March, 2019. They stressed the need for a complete transformation of the region’s energy policy – away from hydropower and towards really green energy sources, such as solar energy.

The list of speakers in addition to the representatives of the Blue Heart campaign included MEPs and locals of affected regions, who raised their concerns about the planned hydropower expansion. The event was organized by the European Parliamentary Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and can be watched here (presentation of the eco-masterplan starts at 1:11:30).

 

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