Environment

Activists in Montenegro say small hydropower plants’ study is illegal

Activists Montenegro small hydropower plants study

Photo: Gerald Friedrich from Pixabay

Published

February 11, 2020

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

February 11, 2020

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

The document lacks economic analysis and it doesn’t provide biodiversity data for the particular location, according to the NGOs. Montenegro has no interest in installing the two small hydropower units in Mojkovac, they argued.

There is no evidence of any potential benefits in the planning document currently in public consultation for the Štitarička river, environmentalists have said. Three organizations in Montenegro claim the draft local study of the location for two small hydropower plants lacks an economic analysis and that it is illegal.

The river in Mojkovac in the country’s north is 14 kilometers long and the project would turn 70% of it into a system of pipes, dams and buildings for turbines, according to Ozon, WWF Adria and ASP – Akcija za socijalnu pravdu. They asserted it would cause the loss of the waterstream’s natural purpose and ecosystem, significant for the people.

Ozon, WWF Adria and ASP – Akcija za socijalnu pravdu released the statement

The strategic impact assessment provides insufficient information about the effect on the designated area, according to the announcement. It suggests nothing on behalf of the municipality and the state that would prompt installing the facilities, the activists stressed.

All references in the short economic analysis are to publicly available data from before, the group noted. It interprets the section as proof the authors conducted no research even though they were obligated to.

The study’s authors refer only to publicly available economic data from before, indicating they researched nothing

The local study is apparently derived from the Spatial Plan of Montenegro Until 2020 and the nongovernmental organizations warn the document expired at the beginning of the year, making the former invalid in the process regarding the small hydropower plants. Their statement also points out the Small Hydro Power Development Strategy from 2006, in another reference, is nonbinding and obsolete.

The NGOs flagged the danger of hydrological and morphological changes and urged for the study to be abolished. They argued the developers never performed the necessary research of biodiversity and that only data from a wider area were used.

Installing the small hydropower units may damage habitat, hamper the migration of protected and other species and impact the flooding cycle, the environmentalists said.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Monarch butterfly IUCN Red List 2022

Migratory monarch butterfly now Endangered – IUCN Red List

01 August 2022 - The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up...

Pope Francis act decisively climate change breaking point

Pope Francis: All must act decisively on climate change for we are reaching breaking point

22 July 2022 - Pope Francis called on the world's nations to work together for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement

resource consumption Earth Overshoot Day Balkans global average

Earth Overshoot Day – resource consumption in Balkans is above global average

08 July 2022 - The Earth Overshoot Day for 2022, the date when humanity spends all the planet's renewable resources for one year, lands on July 28

Biodiversity Day: Building a shared future for all life

Biodiversity Day: Building a shared future for all life

22 May 2022 - This year’s slogan of the International Day for Biological Diversity celebrated on May 22nd is...