Our group of allies is increasing! Artists raise their voices against the total destruction of Balkan rivers – they want to see them protected, not dammed.
On October 18th and 19th, Albania became a hotspot of freshwater science. Renowned scientists from USA, Japan and many European countries participated in the Wild Rivers Science Symposium and the Wild Rivers Night on October 18th in Tirana to discuss the state of the world’s wild rivers and stress the urgency to protect the last free-flowings. The events were hosted by the University of Tirana in cooperation with the University of Vienna (find more info and photos HERE).
In a declaration, the participating scientists call upon European Institutions, political leaders in South-East Europe and the Albanian Government specifically to protect the remaining intact rivers in Europe.
Find below all presentations
International Wild Rivers Symposium
“Rivers want to break free” by Prof. Gilles Pinay, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, Antony, France
“Rivers in Japan, lessons learned for Europe” by Prof. Futoshi Nakamura, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Japan
“Morphological changes in wild and less wild rivers of South-East Europe” by Prof. Guido Zolezzi, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Centre Agriculture Food Environment - C3A, University of Trento, Italy
“Balkan rivers - Pressing environmental challenges” by Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research –HCMR, Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Greece
“Balkan Rivers – Endangered fish species” by Assoc. Prof. Steven Weiss, Institute for Zoology, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria
“Hydromorphology and sediment transport of Vjosa river” by Dr. Klodian Skrame, Department of Applied Geology, Environment and Geoinformatics, Polytechnic University of Tirana AND Prof. Christoph Hauer, Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna - BOKU, Austria
“Biodiversity of the Vjosa river corridor” by Prof. Spase Shumka, Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
“Ecological services of the Vjosa river system” by Prof. Romeo Hanxhari, Department of Geography, Faculty of History and Philology, Universitety of Tirana, Albania
“From biodiversity to ecological processes” by Prof. Gabriel Singer, Department of Ecohydrology, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries - IGB, Berlin, Germany AND Prof. Sajmir Beqiraj, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Tirana, Albania
“EU support; Integrated Management of water resources in Albania” by Dr. Martin Wolff, Austrian Development Agency Albania
“River Intellectuals: A network to protect the remaining free-flowing rivers of Europe” by David Faro , PhD Student, Dept. of Civil Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
Wild Rivers Night
“Ecological Values and Lessons Learned from Natural Rivers” by Prof. Robert J. Naiman, University of Washington in Seattle, USA
“Our Rivers in 2045” by Prof. Klement Tockner, Austrian Science Fund FWF, Vienna
“Europe’s natural heritage: The Vjosa river” by Prof. Aleko Miho, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana