Press Release

An Appeal Letter to Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama: Halt Hydropower Plant development and Save Vjosa River

On World Rivers Day, 150 national and international NGOs call on Edi Rama to halt hydropower plants and protect Vjosa River in Albania

In an open letter to the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, nearly 150 national and international NGOs, are imploring the Albanian government to protect one of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers, the Vjosa. The river is a hotspot for biodiversity and home to many endangered species in Europe. And yet despite admonishments from the European Parliament, and the Bern Convention, there are currently 45 hydropower plants projected in the Albanian Vjosa River catchment alone. Construction of hydropower plants on such a massive scale will surely destroy the unique ecosystem and environment of the Vjosa.

Find the appeal letter here