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Biodiversity Days: Europe‘s last big wild river to be explored

Vienna, 10.6.2014. In cooperation with the German GEO magazine, a remarkable event will take place along the Vjosa River in Albania from June 13-15. For three days, 50 to 60 experts will range the Vjosa’s riparian zone and study its animal and plant species.

Balkan Rivers in World Rivers Review

The latest issue of World Rivers Review, published by the American NGO International Rivers, features an article about the Balkan Rivers. Read about their uniqueness, their beauty, their threat, and about the Blue Heart Campaign on pages 8 and 9 in „Dam Tsunami in Balkans Threatens the “Blue Heart of Europe

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Albania: National Park for Vjosa River instead of Dams

Tepelena, Radolfzell, May 8, 2014. An unusual press conference is taking place in Albania today. On the gravel islands of the Vjosa River – the last big wild river in Europe – representatives of international and national environmental groups come together with the local mayor and business people in order to propose an idea to save the Vjosa

PETITION: Macedonia – No Dams in Mavrovo National Park!

One of the oldest national parks in Europe is under attack. With the financial support of the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the government of Macedonia intends to have two large hydropower plants built in the middle of a national park. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND SHARE HERE!

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Invitation to Mavrovo Conference in Skopje, April 10

For years, the projected construction of several hydropower plants in the Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia has been a controversially discussed issue on an international level. Up to now, discussions have mostly been held behind closed doors. We would like to change that. On April 10, we will host the first public conference on the future of Mavrovo National Park at which both opponents and proponents will be speaking. We are glad to invite you to this event.

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Dam Tsunami to Threaten Balkan Rivers

Vienna, Radolfzell, March 20, 2014. 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 (> 1 MW) are planned to be built between Slovenia and Albania.

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Balkan Rivers in the „SPIEGEL"

The German magazine Der Spiegel published an article about the situation of the Balkan rivers. The article captures the beauty of these last wild, living rivers of Europe, as well as the threat they are facing. Find the online version here:

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Macedonia’s Mavrovo National Park threatened by hydropower projects

Vienna, Radolfzell, 13/1/2014 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. More than a hundred scientists protest against the funding by the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

 

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