Albania is experiencing day after day loss of water resources, loss of biodiversity and destruction of ecosystems as a result of the uncontrolled hydropower developments. “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign has contributed to a large extent in the creation and expansion of scientific data on Balkan rivers, especially Vjosa, and mobilization of public opinion against the HPP plans.
Vjosa is one of the last wild rivers of Europe. A guideline that will compress our experience will be shared with activists and local stakeholders through meetings in the most problematic areas related to HPP projects in Albania. A short video will document all the learning and sharing experience.
This project will further contribute and promote the “M1M2 – Ensuring integrated management of river basins related to Mediterranean Basin” OAP. Through its sharing we aim at mobilization of local communities and the public pressure, promoting engagement with sustainable management of the rivers and to demonstrate the benefits from the protection of rivers.
Identify conservation values of the riverine ecosystem
Identify the problems and threats and make them visible
Engage local community in conservation actions through decision-making
Project duration: August 2019- July 2020
Financially supported by: MAVA – Fondation pour la Nature