The Article “Balkan dam projects could result in loss of one in 10 European fish species” by the Guardian is about the impact that the planned hydropower plants have for the biodiversity of the Balkan fish species. Nearly one in 10 of Europe’s fish species will be endangered to extinct by a constellation of hydropower plants planned in the western Balkans. A new report of the University of Graz emphasizes that 49 of Europe’s 531 freshwater species would face either extinction or the loss of 50-100% of their Balkan distribution. According to RiverWatch, the conservation group, which co-commissioned the research that 2800 hydropower plants are planned or already under construction in the region, more than a third of them on Natura 2000 sites.
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