In order to spark a debate about the future of the Vjosa valley in light of the projected 8 dams along the river, we are organizing public discussions in affected communities in Albania. The first two events took place in Çarshovë on December 16th and Përmet on December 17th, another on in Tepelena on February 6th and in Selenica on March 13th. The mayors and people of the affected communities support the idea of establishing a national park instead of damming the river. A declaration to stop the dam projects and protect the river as a national park was signed. The “Vjosa Tour” will continue with events in other communities along the river and will end with a public "Vjosa Day" in Tiranë in May. Read more in our press release.
Our group of allies is increasing! Scientists in our network not only lend their own data but also use their independent voices to advocate for the protection of rivers.
The interactive map to explore the region in detail based on different criteria.
The Eco-Masterplan for Balkan Rivers is a comprehensive study which, for the first time, combines knowledge about biodiversity (fish, mussels, caddisflies), integrity of rivers and floodplains (hydromorphology), as well as the location of protected areas.
We are a coalition of NGOs who have launched the campaign “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” in order to raise awareness about the imminent dam craze on the Balkan peninsula and to spare the most valuable rivers and river stretches from destruction.