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World premiere of the “Blue Heart“ film on dam wall in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Against the spectacular backdrop of the Idbar dam wall in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the film “Blue Heart” was screened for the very first time last night. About 500 people visited the world premiere of the film, which documents the fight against the dam tsunami in the Balkans and the effort to protect these unique rivers in Europe.

Join us at a Blue Heart screening near you!

 04/25/2018

The Blue Heart premiere is only 3 days away! Are you coming? Find below those screenings at which you can meet Blue Heart team members. Find all screenings in all locations around the world HERE

Women wanted: International appeal to support the brave women of Kruščica for one day

 04/20/2018

The brave women of Kruščica keep this bridge occupied 24/7 to prevent the construction of a dam. Now they would like to watch themselves and their determined activism on the big screen at the Patagonia Blue Heart premiere at the Idbar dam on Sat, April 28. But who will keep the bridge occupied in the meantime? Will you?

New Study: Hydropower development puts Europe’s fish paradise at risk

 04/19/2018

+++ The Balkan rivers host 113 rare and protected fish species. If the hydropower development is carried out as planned, about 10 percent of all European river fish species will be endangered +++ The rivers in the Balkans constitute Europe’s fish sanctuary, according to a new study presented today by Riverwatch and EuroNatur.

Patagonia founder: Telling the Dam Truth

 04/12/2018

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard has written an article about hydropower that is meant to rip the green-bandage off this outdated and harmful technology. It has already been covered by several media, such as Huffington Post or Focus and is featured on Patagonia’s blog The Cleanest Line. Enjoy!

New Patagonia Film: Blue Heart

 04/09/2018

The new documentary “Blue Heart” follows our campaign and other, local stakeholders through the Balkans to document the crime committed on Europe’s last river jewels and on communities who live by them. Watch the trailer below an discover the Blue Heart in this story map.

Video: Adventures, not dams!

 03/29/2018

This new short film by Much Better Adventures calls out international banks for funding dams in national parks and on Europe’s las wild river – the Vjosa in Albania. As construction companies move in on Europe’s last wild river, Adventures Not Dams highlights the irreversible damage this will have on the local environment, economy and communities along its banks.

Patagonia petition: No Money, No Dams

 03/27/2018

Tell the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) they must halt their Balkan hydropower investments before the these river jewels are irreversibly destroyed. SIGN THIS PETITION!

Bankwatch: Why not even small HPPs should be built in protected areas

 03/26/2018

How come that a destructive project like that is being approved within a protected area? How can it be that a project within a protected area even receives funding? How is it possible that the funding comes from a European public development bank, the EBRD? Read how that happens in this Bankwatch webstory...

Assessment of sediment transport in the Vjosa has started

+++ Impacts of hydropower projects for nature, people and coastal region to be calculated +++ The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), together with the Polytechnic University of Tirana, have started an assessment of the sediment transport in the Vjosa river in Albania. They are measuring the amount of gravel, sand and fine sediments the river transports into the Mediterranean Sea each year.

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