On June 17th, a charity dance event for the benefit of Balkan Rivers will be held at the Schmelz in Vienna. Several groups invite you to get to know folk dances from all over Europe and beyond. Admission is free; any voluntary donation will benefit the campaign "Balkan Rivers - Save the Blue Heart of Europe".

Water sampling and measurements of primary production at the Shushica, a tributary to the Vjosa in the far east, where snowmelt is long gone. The river is characterized by large boulders and crystal-clear water. © Thuile-Bistarelli

Between April 17th and May 6th, eleven scientists went on an expedition to collect data on biodiversity as well as ecosystem functions for the entire Vjosa river network. With great effort, 300 river kilometers were sampled by use of the most state-of-the-art methods and equipment. The Vjosa’s exceptional value was confirmed once more:

Shkopet dam on the Mat River in Albania. © Goran Šafarek

So what the hell is water? Is it rare or common, generous or dangerous? Is it OK to drink water-intensive sodas and wear water-filled jeans? Is it important that our rivers are still clean enough to swim in? Should oil pipelines cross freshwater streams? Should rivers be used as hydroelectric generators?

From September 27 to 29, we will hold a first European river summit in Sarajevo. Goal of the meeting is to bring together river lovers and initiatives from all over Europe in order to exchange experience, develop ideas and network. Please share and save the date!

Global Sur and Hasankeyf Action Day in Hasankeyf

In solidarity with the two antique cities Hasankeyf and Sur, which are both destined for destruction by the Turkish government, actions in 30 cities around the world have been organized to draw attention to repressive and exploitative policies. Hasankeyf is to be drowned in the reservoir of the almost finished Ilisu dam project.  Ilisu is opposed by the overwhelming majority of the public. Read this press release...

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