The Guradian "defender tracker" records every murder of environmental defenders. Source: The Guardian

Life is dangerous if you stand up for nature protection these days! In 2016, 200 environmental activists have been killed globally, with a rising trend in 2017 (four per week). Brazil, Colombia and the Philippines are leading this alarming death poll. Read for yourself in yesterday’s Guardian article.

For seven years now, Blue Heart partner Center for Environment and the entire Coalition for Sana are gathering at the sources of Sana River in order to fight the construction of hydropower plant Medna, which is being constructed by the Austrian-German Kelag company. The Sana is one of the last remaining rivers that provides habitat for the endangered Huchen.

Dutch company Bresser involved in the highly contested Ilisu project. On June 28 their will be a protest in front of their headquaters! © Hasankeyf Matters

After the historic ‘Zeynel Bey Tomb’ monument in Hasankeyf has been relocated to make way for the Ilisu reservoir, several organisations call upon the Dutch company Bresser to withdraw from the relocation of 9 further monuments. They will hold a protest at the headquarters of Bresser on June 28. in the Netherlands.

The unfinished Kalivaç dam. Now, a new concession shall revive its construction. © Roland Dorozhani

++ Albanian government re-opens the concession procedure for the Kalivaç HPP ++ NGOs prepare their opposition ++ After 20 years of construction postponements, the Albanian government decided to cancel the contract for the unfinished hydropower project Kalivaç on the Vjosa river in Albania. Shortly after, the Ministry of Energy and Industry opened the procedures for re-issuing the concession.

© Hasankeyf’i Yaşatma Girişimi

It is getting serious for the 650 year old Zeynel Bey Tomb monument. The relocation has started in secret. The government is vigorously trying to prevent the documentation of the preparations for the drowning of Hasankeyf. Read yesterday’s press release of the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive: +++ Hasankeyf Matters +++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++

Attorney Vladimir Meçi, interviewed by Albanian media after the Court announced its decision. This was the first-ever environmental lawsuit in Albania. © Olta Hadushaj

++ Success for nature conservation and affected residents ++ Big win for the protection of Europe’s last big wild river, the Vjosa in Albania! Yesterday afternoon, the judges of the Albanian Administrative Court in Tirana announced their decision against the construction of the projected hydropower plant “Poçem”: for the time being, the dam must not be constructed.

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