News

Kayakers tour Balkans to protest dam tsunami

Published

April 22, 2016

Comments

0

Share

Published:

April 22, 2016

Comments:

0

Share

After more than 60 kayakers took to Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj on April 16 to kick off a 35-day environmental protest over plans to build dams on rivers in six Balkan countries, the colourful flotilla reached Sana river in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Environmentalist group Save the Blue Heart of Europe reported on its website the group is led by Slovenian Olympic rower Rok Rozman. The “Stop the dam tsunami!” movement aims at raising awareness of the impact of dam building on the region’s waterways. According to the group’s website, there are plans for more than 2,700 Balkan dam projects in the coming years, including 113 dams scheduled for construction inside the region’s national parks.

An international alliance of 200 kayakers, anglers, residents and nature conservationists from the Balkan Rivers Tour protested on the Sana against hydropower plant Medna, which is under construction. The developer is Austrian-German energy company Kelag. The Sana is one of the last remaining rivers in Europe that host healthy populations of the Huchen (Hucho hucho), a species that is globally threatened and popular amongst anglers. “We won’t give up the Sana and our fight against Kelag,” says Nataša Crnković from the Center for Environment – an organisation that has tried to prevent this project for seven years together with 22 more organisations that form the Coalition for Sana.

People from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia participated in the protest action. Numerous local residents were also present. “Ninety nine percent of residents oppose the Kelag project, however we were never asked,” says Ljubomir Lisica, an affected local resident of the Sana. In a previously untouched valley of the Sana, Medna project is said to divert 90% of water into pipelines in order to produce energy further downstream. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) study stressed the project’s severe effects on nature and landscape.

Related Articles

Solar power generation to increase ten times in Montenegro energy balance

Solar power generation to increase tenfold in Montenegro next year

25 November 2022 - According to the estimate in the Energy Balance of Montenegro for 2023, electricity production will drop 12.63% this year

Austria can reach 1,2 GW with additional solar in 2022

Austria set to add over 1 GW in solar power in 2022

25 November 2022 - Austria is on track to install more than 1 GW in photovoltaics this year and as much as 1.5 GW every year

Four times more installed power plants in North Macedonia in 2022

North Macedonia’s regulator issues 200 licenses for renewable electricity plants in 2022

25 November 2022 - The Energy and Water Services Regulatory Commission issued 200 licenses this year for electricity production from renewable sources

Albania applications solar power 151 MW

Albania receives applications for solar power projects of 151 MW in total

25 November 2022 - Applications for solar power projects sent to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania include one of the largest ones so far, for 93 MW