Our group of allies is increasing! Artists raise their voices against the total destruction of Balkan rivers – they want to see them protected, not dammed.
On July 13, the famous Darko Rundek and band supported the fight to save the Kraljevo mountain rivers with a free concert, organized by the Right to Water Initiative in cooperation with the Artists for the Rivers of the Balkans within the Blue Heart campaign. About 2,000 visitors created an inspiring atmosphere at the main square in Kraljevo.
The area around Kraljevo is a focus region for the Blue Heart campaign in Serbia. The region is threatened by as many as 52 hydropower plants, ten of which are already build.
During the concert, the audience was addressed by Iva Markovic from Serbian Blue Heart Partner “Right to Water”, Bojana Minovic from the organization "Let's Save the Mountain Rivers of Kraljevo" and Ulrich Eichelmann from the NGO Riverwatch, who pointed out the harmful consequences of building mini hydropower plants and encouraged the citizens to stand in defense of their rivers. This concert gave our work a major push.
The Kraljevo region, situated between the mountains Goč and Golija, has an enormous protection value. The area encompasses Special Nature Reserve Goč - Gvozdac, Nature Park Golija and Biosphere Reserve Golija - Studenica, which are protected precisely because of the value of their rivers and streams, forest systems, biodiversity and landscapes of unique beauty. These areas are home to hundreds of species of birds and fish, protected species of trees and many more.
The Right to Water initiative, together with local activists, experts and artists, has been pointing out the disastrous construction of mini hydropower plants in such an important area for nature and people for more than a year, and calls on city authorities to delete locations for mini-hydropower plants from the City of Kraljevo Spatial Plan.
Watch the full concert below