The Bihać City Council has stopped the construction of two small hydropower plants in the Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The projected plants Martin Brod and Dobrenica undermine the very idea of a national park as protected area and would destroy one of the most magnificent [...]
On July 1, the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of rivers in a landmark decision. The verdict strengthens the protection of rivers. It is specifically about the interpretation of the “no deterioration" provision of the Water Framework Directive. According to the ruling, projects mustn’t deteriorate a [...]
A systematic investigation of macrozoobenthos (organisms which are visible to the unaided eye) in Mavrovo NP has found two entirely new species: a new micro-endemic species of caddisfly as well as a new stonefly species. During the 7-year study a total of 48 species were detected. All of [...]
After being awarded the Great Binding Prize for Nature Conservation last November, Ulrich Eichelmann is now honored with the Wolfgang Staab Prize for Nature Conservation for his outstanding achievements in regards to river and floodplain protection. The prize was awarded for the first time.
A new incident at the Ilisu construction side forced the construction to stop. Workers' demands for unionization were met with an armed attack leading to riots. Approximately 1000 workers have left the construction site and returned home. The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf [...]
We are happy to invite you to the Balkan Rivers Days in Belgrade this September - the first event of this kind in Europe! This free event shall be a first get-together of people from river NGOs, local initiatives, and anti-dam movements, along with fishermen, boaters and other [...]
While investigating illegal logging for an equally illegal hydropower plant on the river Râul Alb inside a Natura2000 area (Sălaşul de Sus, Hunedoara County), Romanian environmentalists were chased and violently attacked by a group of thugs on May 24.
Ulrich Eichelmann (Riverwatch) takes you to the Bence River - a tributary of the Vjosa and one of the most beautiful and ecologically most valuable rivers in Albania. However, the river is threatened by the construction of a hydropower plant: 95% of its water is to be diverted into pipelines [...]
Ulrich Eichelmann (Riverwatch) takes you directly to a natural spring along the Langarica, a tributary to the Vjosa in Southern Albania. This natural treasure is under attack from hydropower projects. Within the context of the campaign, we are trying to protect this river amongst many others.