Studies

The Vjosa River - A Baseline Study on Biodiversity, potential impacts, and legal framework for hydropower development

This baseline survey summarises the value of the Vjosa River system and points out the detrimental effects dams could have on the river... READ MORE

Evaluating the energy contribution of small hydropower in the European Mediterranean Basin

This study evaluates the economic viability in a climate change context and the energy contribution of small hydropower projects in the Mediterranean...READ MORE

Hydropower projects on Balkan Rivers: 2020 Update

Since the last update of this kind in 2018, another 300 HPPs came into operation, leaving hundreds of kilometres of rivers and streams devastated...READ MORE

Death by a thousand cuts

Black Catalogue of small hydropower plants: what do small dams really look like and how do they affect nature and species around them? Not many people have ever seen...READ MORE

Threatened Freshwater Fishes of the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot

The Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot is among the most biologically diverse regions worldwide but severely threatened by hydropower... READ MORE

Rivers and Dams in the wider Mediterranean Basin

This study is the first comprehensive attempt to provide a large-scale overview of hydropower plants and rivers in the extended Mediterranean basin using a... READ MORE

Contribution to biodiversity knowledge of the Aoos river basin

The present biodiversity study has been conducted on the Greek part of the Aoos-Vjosa river. It focuses on insect species related to water (Odonata)... READ MORE

Renewable energy sources in the Aoos basin

This study shows that further development of hydropower in Greece, and particularly in the Aoos river basin, is a strategy that has detrimental environmental... READ MORE

Eco-Masterplan for Balkan Rivers

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... READ MORE

Alternatives to hydropower in the Balkans

The countries in the Balkans are facing a dilemma: they must fulfill the EU renewable targets while also follow environmental legislation. This raises the question: Is it possible to increase the renewable energy share AND keep the Balkan Rivers alive? READ MORE

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