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SEENET position paper on Hydropower and River Protection in the Western Balkans and Turkey

This position paper is made on behalf of SEENET: South East Europe CSOs network on natural resources, energy and transport, a platform for co-operation of environmental CSOs on the regional level. It was produced as an activity of the “Advocacy NGOs networks for sustainable use of energy and natural resources in the Western Balkans and […]

This position paper is made on behalf of SEENET: South East Europe CSOs network on natural resources, energy and transport, a platform for co-operation of environmental CSOs on the regional level. It was produced as an activity of the “Advocacy NGOs networks for sustainable use of energy and natural resources in the Western Balkans and Turkey – ETNAR”, an EU funded project from the IPA civil society partnership framework programme.

For more than a decade, members of the SEENET network have  been engaged on different energy policy issues on the national level, while also following the issues and plans of Energy community in EU and the Western Balkans. Hydro-energy projects were of particular interest as there are many existing and even more newly planned hydropower plant projects in the Western Balkan region. In the same time, this is the region very rich in biodiversity and, consequently, there  is an impact of hydro-plant developments on the rivers. In fact, we have reached a critical point, when devastation and uncontrolled planning are threatening to permanently endanger freshwater biodiversity and water resources. The sheer number of new projects and pressure they have on the rivers, caused and increased the number of conflicts with local communities living next to and from these rivers, and rose concerns among scientific and environmental communities and organisations. We at SEENET network have identified hydropower development in the Western Balkan region as one of the major threats to freshwater and riverine ecosystems and biodiversity, and for this reason the joint work on river protection and promotion of the integrated river management is the focus of the SEENET nature resources working group.

You can download the position paper here.

23.01.2017.