From Sava to Vjosa: Kayakers from all over Europe will paddle 16 threatened rivers in 6 Balkan countries © Rok Rozman

Within the context of the "Save the Blue Heart of Europe" campaign, we would like  to invite you to a very unusual protest action: led by former Slovenian Olympic athlete Rok Rozman,  kayakers from all over Europe will paddle the most stunning Balkan rivers between April 16 and May 20. The socalled “Balkan Rivers Tour” is an activity against the dam tsunami which is threatening to destroy the unique river landscape on the Balkan Peninsula.

Another Albanian river at risk: the beautiful Valbona river is facing the construction of several planned hydropower plants along its course, not stopping at national parks and other strictly protected area - as so often the case. Local communities are protesting and need your help: please sign and share the petition addressed to Prime Minister Edi Rama!

The Mavrovo National Park is the last known area, in which the critically endangered Balkan Lynx is reproducing © Jörg Pukownik

 ++ EBRD and World Bank shall withdraw from projects – further assessment requested ++ For the time being, no hydropower projects are to be built in Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia. This was decided at the meeting of the Bern Convention Standing Committee – Europe’s most important nature convention – in Strasbourg last Friday (December 4, 2015)

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