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Success for Balkan rivers

Construction freeze for hydropower projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

With support of many NGOs and our partners Riverwatch and Euronatur, a partial success was achieved against the degradation of natural rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Parliament of the Federation has decided on a moratorium for all new small hydropower plants in the country! 

We are supporting the campaign "Save the Blue Heart of Europe", which aims to preserve the last natural European rivers in the Balkans.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, more hydropower plants are currently being built and planned than anywhere else in Europe. Recently, new concessions were awarded almost daily. The approximately 100 existing hydroelectric power plants cause dried up riverbeds over large parts of the year as well as social conflicts.  

The decision of the Parliament to stop construction is the result of ongoing protests throughout the country against the construction of hydroelectric power plants, most of which are built illegally and subsequently approved. Such practices were even intensified during the Corona lockdown, but came to public attention despite the curfew. The government's change of course now provides that no new power plants will be approved. The legality of construction activities already underway is to be examined. 

This is a huge success, especially for the many environmental activists in Bosnia and Herzegovina! It is only because of their relentless resistance to river degradation that this decision has come about.  

For more information please click here: "Save the Blue Heart of Europe"  

25.June, 2020

 

Let me flow! About 350 people blocked a bridge on the Neretvica river on June 1st and prevented the start of contruction. © Svjetlana Panic
Let me flow! About 350 people blocked a bridge on the Neretvica river on June 1st and prevented the start of contruction. © Svjetlana Panic