EuroNatur Foundation and RiverWatch – Society for the Protection of Rivers – in collaboration with EcoAlbania, Macedonian Ecological Society, Eco-Sense, Front 21/42, CSBNP and Neza Posnjak have released the report ‘Balkans Rivers under attack from Hydropower Lobby’.
The crystal-clear stream, the untamed rivers with huge gravel islands, extensive alluvial forests and karst rivers are so spectacular that they stand out among Europe’s rivers. As the report proclaims, the Blue Heart of Europe beats in the Balkans.
Despite this, almost 2000 hydropower plants are programmed to be constructed in the Balkan rivers. With the argument of electricity needs, projects are being planned and implemented everywhere, even in protected areas.
According to the EuroNatur Foundation and Riverwatch’ researchs, more than 800 protected areas such as Ramsar Sites, World Heritage Sites, Natura 2000 Sites and other National Parks will be affected by these plans.
Above all, it is necessary to note that Balkan rivers are home for more than 60 endemic fish species. As explained in the study, many of the rivers in the region are largely unexplored. It is therefore quite likely that Balkan watercourses host numerous additional and yet to be recorded species. The full study is available at www.balkanrivers.net/en/content/studies
To raise awareness about the imminent ‘dam craze’ on the Balkan Peninsula, EuroNatur and Riverwatch in collaboration with local partner organizations have launched the ‘Save the Blue Heart of Europe Campaign’. Its mission is to save the ecologically most valuable streams and rivers from destruction.
This campaign focuses on three especially endangered areas: the Sava River (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Slovenia), the Vjosa River (Albania) and the Mavrovo National Park (The FYR of Macedonia).
Source: Save the Blue Heart of Europe. Balkans Rivers under attack from Hydropower Lobby report.
Read the brochure of the Save the Blue Heart of Europe.
Visit the web site of the campaign Save the blue heart of Europe: www.balkanrivers.net
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