In September, Patagonia took a group of “Change Makers” to the Balkan to explore the stunning rivers, learn about the threats they are facing and what we do to save them. Today, we present to you the first outcome of this trip: a short video about the rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced by Grégory Mignard from the “Captain Yvon Association”. Enjoy!

Protest action at the dam Rosenburg on the Kamp river in Lower Austria. The floating letters say “Free our rivers. HPP Rosenburg – Get rid of it” © Riverwatch

++ Riverwatch demands removal of EVN dam ++ Remove the Dams! Initiative for Alpine region launched ++ Austria has the highest density of hydropower plants globally ++With today’s unusual action, Riverwatch and kayakers from the Kamp valley in Lower Austria demand the removal of the dam in Rosenburg. They gathered in kayaks around the floating slogan “Befreit den Kamp! KW Rosenburg - WegDammit! (Free the Kamp! HPP Rosenburg - get rid of it)” on the dam reservoir. 

Under the slogan “Mos ma prek Vjosën! (Hands off Vjosa!)”, a special kind of concert took place at the main square in Tirana last night. In front of over 4000 people, prominent Albanian musicians sang for the protection of the Vjosa river and against the planned dam projects.

On October 18, we will hold a big concert for the protection of the beautiful and threatened Vjosa River, the last big wild river in Europe! Free entry! Where: Skanderbeg square in front of the National History Museum in Tirana; When: October 18, 19:00

Things are getting serious in Hasankeyf. The Ilisu dam is basically completed. Nevertheless, initiatives keep fighting for the preservation of this historic city. Here at the Global Hasankeyf Action Day in 2015 © Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive

The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive has called for the 2nd Global Hasankeyf Action Day on Sep. 23, 2017. On the day in many countries people will do different actions in order to protest the destructive Ilisu Dam which threatens to flood the 12.000 years old town Hasankeyf and 136 km long the Tigris River in the Kurdistan Region of Turkey.

One of the ecologically most important habitats in Europe is facing destruction. Slovenia plans to build a chain of eight (!) hydropower dams in the future five-country Biosphere Reserve "Mura-Drava-Danube", the so-called "Amazon of Europe". The decision on the construction of the first dam along the Slovenian Mura at Hrastje-Mota is imminent. Please sign this petition!

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