In conservation, you have to be prepared to lose more than you win. But occasionally, you score a big victory.
The untamed and meandering Vjosa is one of Europe’s last wild, living rivers. Thanks to the untiring work of groups such as Balkan Rivers, Euronatur, RiverWatch, EcoAlbania.org and supported by ClientEarth, its future now looks more secure.
Albanian President Ilir Meta and Prime Minister Edi Rama have given their support to the establishment of a Vjosa National Park. It was also announced this week that the Minister for Environment has rejected the construction of the Kalivaç dam, which would have destroyed this unique river system forever. #savetheblueheartofeurope
Rivers are vital lifelines for our planet, supporting a vast array of biodiversity and providing an important water source for local communities. But with increasing threats, rivers are now the most endangered habitats globally and need a stronger defense force to protect them.