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Hydropower projects on Balkan Rivers: 2022 Update

 11/02/2022

Every two years, we analyse the situation of hydropower development in the Balkans. Since the last update of this kind in 2020, another 246 HPPs came into operation, leaving hundreds of kilometres of rivers and streams devastated. The good news: some positive signals have recently come from Bosnia and Hercegovina and Albania.

Preliminary Report of the Neretva Science Week

The first findings of the expedition were summarized in this report, to provide some very preliminary impressions, highlights and an overview from each of the specialty groups of what was done during this impressively international and collaborative effort. The data collected will be analysed in much more detail over the next months and a more detailed final report is expected by the end of the year 2022.

New report: Southeast Europe hydropower investment risks are high and rising

 07/27/2022

Greenfield large hydropower investments across southeast Europe face major risks and low realisation rates, according to a new report by CEE Bankwatch, EuroNatur, Riverwatch and WWF Adria published today, which also highlights nine high-risk project cases. Vulnerability to drought, legal issues, increasing public resistance and lack of financing are among the factors which have stopped a slew of large hydropower projects in recent years.

New report: European Investment Bank hydropower failures necessitate tighter environmental and social standards

 10/27/2021

++ The European Investment Bank has financed a series of damaging hydropower projects since 2010, which underline the need to tighten its environmental and social standards, according to a new report published this week by CEE Bankwatch Network. ++

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

 09/23/2021

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 September as part of the Sava Parks II - Freedom for Sava project: „Sava river restoration from Brežice to Rugvica“ and „Sava.Restore – Connecting the Floodplains for a Healthy Alluvial Forests”

New Study: Up to 4.6 million people potentially affected by hydropower plans in the Balkans

 07/20/2021

Hydropower plants and dams have detrimental effects on river ecosystems, but they also affect people in negative ways. In a recent study, researchers from the CALTUS Institute Namibia presented a newly developed model to assess the number of people potentially affected by already operating, under construction and planned hydropower projects (HPPs) in the Balkan region.

Legal Toolkit on how to protect rivers from hydropower development released

 04/22/2021

We are happy to present the Legal Toolkit which provides guidance to activists and civil society organisations in navigating the possibilities for legal actions in river protection. The toolkit will be presented on 29 April (2-4 pm CET) in a webinar. We will be happy to answer your questions and receive feedback on the toolkit.

New Study: Biodiversity, potential impacts, and legal framework for hydropower development of the Vjosa

 04/13/2021

This baseline survey summarises the value of the Vjosa River system as one of the few remaining reference sites for dynamic floodplains in Europe on the one hand, and reveals the detrimental effects dams could have on the river system on the other. Only one dam will significantly destroy the ecological continuum of a pristine river.

New study: Evaluating the energy contribution of small hydropower in the Mediterranean Basin

 01/14/2021

In a recent study, researchers of NOVA University Lisbon evaluated the economic viability and energy productivity of existing and planned small hydropower projects in the European Mediterranean region. They found that currently, they can cover at best 2.6% of gross electricity consumption and 0.47% of primary energy consumption. The real contribution is likely much lower.

Hydropower projects on Balkan Rivers: 2020 Update

 12/22/2020

Every two years, we analyse the situation of hydropower development in the Balkans, updating the data of existing and planned hydropower plants as well as those currently under construction. Since the last update of this kind in 2018, another 300 HPPs came into operation, leaving hundreds of kilometres of rivers and streams devastated.

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