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EU reports on aspirant nations' progress

The EU Commission has published reports today on aspirant nations' progress towards EU accession. The commission registers the fact that there is still a considerable way to go, most particularly in the area of nature conservation.

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Bern Convention calls for halt to hydropower development in Mavrovo National Park

This summer an international expert team visited Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia on behalf of the Bern Convention’s Standing Committee. Their mission: to assess compatibility of the projected hydropower plants with the status of protection of the Park. Their main findings leave no doubt...

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STOP Mokrice dam

Today, national and international environmental NGOs as well as experts call on Slovenian Minister of the Environment Irena Majcen to refuse approval of the projected hydropower plant Mokrice on the Sava river.

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Nature Conservation Work 2014: EuroNatur Takes Stock

In our new annual report you can read what we achieved for the protection of the “Blue Heart” and many other natural treasures of Europe over the past year.

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Three new insect species discovered in Macedonia

In collaboration with Wolfram Graf, assistant professor at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, a team of scientists has discovered three previously unknown aquatic insect species inside the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia.

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Hydropower Plants on the Una River Halted

The city council of Biha? halted the construction of two hydropower plants in the Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The planned hydropower plants Martin Brod and Dobrenica would reduce the status as a national park to absurdity and would destroy one of the most magnificent rivers in the Sava River Basin.

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Dam craze puts protected areas in the Balkans at risk

A recent study on hydropower projects inside protected areas commissioned by Riverwatch and EuroNatur shows that 535 projects are currently planned within strict nature conservation areas, 113 of which in the midst of national parks.

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European Parliament criticizes Albania’s hydropower policies

The European Parliament called upon the Albanian government to rethink the projected hydropower projects along the Vjosa River and its tributaries. In their Motion for a Resolution the vast majority of the EU parliamentarians demanded from Albania to abandon all hydropower projects, particularly those in national parks.

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Study confirms: The Heart of the Huchen beats on the Balkans

As a contribution to this year’s UN World Water Day (22.3.), representatives of the fields of science and fisheries in cooperation with environmental NGOs present a study about the distribution of the Huchen on the Balkan Peninsula. The results clearly show that the Balkan rivers constitute the last big hot spot for this species.

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The Vjosa River at a Crossroad – Dam Tsunami or National Park?

Today, the international NGOs Riverwatch and EuroNatur, together with their local partner EcoAlbania, are presenting a paper, which for the first time reveals the full extent of the threat to the Vjosa catchment area. According to this paper, the last big wild river of Europe is at risk of complete destruction.

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World Water Day 2022 - Groundwater: The Liver of our Rivers

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “making the invisible visible” with a special emphasis on the importance of groundwater.

Hydropower as a climate saviour? A myth long outdated

River valleys are fertile habitats for humans and animals. Destroying them – to generate supposedly climate-friendly hydropower – has nothing to do…

Airport construction in Albania threatens to destroy important wetland area

++ Albanian government planning to build airport in Narta Lagoon ++ Possible revision to boundary of Vjosa-Narta protected area ++ 2nd February is…

Major blow to Bosnia hydropower project as Germany’s KfW drops financing plans

German development bank KfW has today confirmed that it has dropped plans to finance the controversial Janjići hydropower plant on the river Bosna in…

The Albanian village of Kutë goes solar

After a fund-raising campaign, solar panels are being fitted on the roofs of public buildings in the village of Kutë on the Vjosa river. They have…

Bern Convention targets crimes against nature

Dams, power plants, airports: numerous complaints from nature conservation organizations against destructive projects in the Balkans

Award for Slovenian river conservationist

The biologist Andreja Slameršek was awarded the Wolfgang Staab Nature Conservation Prize on 11th November, a recognition of her tireless campaigning…

Still a long way to go for Western Balkan states

EU Commission presents country reports on accession candidates

Demand: EIB has to improve environmental and social standards

The European Investment Bank has financed a series of damaging hydropower projects since 2010 which underline the need to tighten its environmental…

Two studies for the restoration of the Sava River and its floodplain published

Two brand-new studies for the revitalization of the Sava River and its floodplain have been published presented to key stakeholders from 19 to 22…

Goldman Environmental Prize for the “Brave Women of Kruščica”

++ River defenders from Bosnia and Herzegovina win the Goldman Environmental Prize ++ For the second time in the past three years an activist has has…

Science week at the Vjosa tributaries

++ 35 scientists from Austria, Albania, Italy and Germany assess the two major Vjosa tributaries for a week ++ Data will be used to fight planned…

Plans for Kalivaç dam finally shelved

Great news for the Albanian Vjosa: The Kalivaç dam, which for many years hovered like a sword of Damocles over Europe's last great wild river, will…

EU funds for the destruction of nature?

For years, EuroNatur and its partner organisations have been fighting against the controversial Mokrice hydropower plant on the Sava River. The…

Bird paradise in Albania threatened by construction of an airport

++ An airport is to be built in the Narta Lagoon on the Adriatic ++ A stopover site of major international importance for migratory water birds ++ 8th…