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Conflicts between residents and HPP builders: refers to the study

In the last decade, plans to build hundreds of small hydropower plants across Albania have led to growing conflicts between residents in the affected areas and the hydroelectric power plant construction companies – over water, property and environmental rights. The investigative journalism network BIRN has carried out an investigative article about the conflicts between the […]


Habitants against hydro-powers construction in Bënçë

20-05-2017, Bënçë, Tepelena. The “Protecting rivers” group conducted a meeting with the Bënçë village inhabitants to discuss the hydro-powers matter that are under construction in this area. Habitant’s concern was evident, as the dam would leave the village with no water. Bënça is a small village which main activities are farming, agriculture and collection of medicinal […]

CategoriesPress Release

World Water Day: The group “To protect the rivers” demands a moratorium on hydropower plants in Albania.

++HECs generate conflicts in affected communities and destroy the environment irreversibly++ Tirana, March 22, 2017. On the occasion of the World Water Day, the group “To protect the rivers” wants to draw the attention of decision-makers by stating that the construction of HPPs in Albania has not been done in harmony with nature and the […]


Study: Identification of water related conflicts linked to hydro power projects in Albania

This assessment has been prepared under the EU funded project “Horizontal Enforcement Legislation Promotion of Civil Society Organizations (HELP-CSO), through ACHIEVE Programme, managed by Regional Environmental Centre and implemented by Milieukontakt Albania, Eco Albania and LexFerenda. The overall objective of the Project is to help environmental civil society organizations for a better implementation and monitoring of […]

CategoriesActivities Horizontal Enforcement legislation Promotion

How to appeal to the court – Training of local CSOs

On October 5, 2016, the training “The right to go to court for environmental issues” took place, part of the series of trainings developed within the HELP-CSO project (Strengthening of Horizontal Legislation and Promotion of CSOs). The topic of the training was related to the training of local organizations in access to justice and the […]

CategoriesActivities Initiatives

The Grouping “Protect the rivers” is formalized

The “Protect the Rivers” group, although informally, has started to operate as such since 2015, coordinating joint actions: lobbying, advocacy, citizen response, etc. against the huge construction boom of Hece. In the last decade, starting more from political directives than from genuine scientific studies, the planning of more than 500 HPPs spread throughout the territory […]