The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched a campaign for protection of rivers in the Balkans and Bosnia and Herzegovina from harm of mini hydropower plants.
Even though small hydropower plants are considered a renewable source of energy, they are harmful to the environment. They’re often built in areas of high biodiversity, inside protected areas and national parks that are then devastated and dried out.
In the last two years, the western Balkans region has seen a rise of 300% in the amount of small hydropower plants being constructed. If all the plants in the pipeline are built, over 5000 km of river streams will be turned into pipes.
People who wish to support the initiative can sign the petition at https://losingrivers.com/.