News - BiH Rivers

3000 at the Freedom of Rivers Concert in BiH!

On November 11th, about 3000 people enjoyed a great concert, great atmosphere and strong messages for the freedom of rivers by musicians Darko Rundek & Ekipa and Cane and Partibrejkers in Banja Luka.

International protest against Belgian dam investor who threatens river activists in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Belgian-based company Green Invest and its subsidiary in BiH, BUK d.o.o filed defamation lawsuits against two young Bosnian female activists, who have spoken out publicly about the environmental impact of the hydropower plants on the Kasindolska river. Today, 140 organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, numerous  European countries and USA sent an open letter to the diplomatic representatives of Belgium and the Head of EU Delegation in BiH.

Major blow to Bosnia hydropower project as Germany’s KfW drops financing plans

The German development bank KfW has today confirmed that it has dropped plans to finance the controversial Janjići hydropower plant on the river Bosna in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The plant would entail a 16 m high dam and would flood a picturesque section of the river with a series of rapids upstream from Zenica.

Bern Convention targets crimes against nature in the Balkans

At the urging of nature conservation organizations, the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention took another look at various projects in the Balkans at its most recent meeting. These include an airport in the middle of the Narta Lagoon in the Vjosa delta in Albania or a series of hydropower plants along the Neretva in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

POSTPONED: Concert for Balkans Rivers: Banja Luka

NOTICE: We regret to inform you that due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in Banja Luka and all of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Concert for Balkan Rivers has been postponed until further notice. Postponing the concert does not mean that we are giving up the fight for our rivers!

Leonardo DiCaprio supports global alliance for the protection of rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 09/23/2020

Prominent support for the Blue Heart and the rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Leonardo DiCaprio joins the appeal of a global alliance of conservation organisations to put a breakthrough resolution passed in June by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina into effect. The resolution banned the construction of new small hydropower projects within its territory, however, the deadline for implementing this resolution ends on September 23rd.

Update: nature destruction in times of pandemic

 04/29/2020

++ Residents block illegal construction of hydropower plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina ++ Today, residents and environmental activists blocked construction works on the river Bjelava and its tributary, the Mala Bjelava, despite the ban on assembly and Corona-related curfew. From 7 am, about two dozen people prevented workers from reaching the construction site. Unable to resume their works, they eventually left.

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