Protest picnic against the hydro power plant Medna

13.4.2016 - Sana

We won’t give up on Sana!

On the occasion of Earth Day which is celebrated on April 22, the Coalition for Sana River organizes the sixth consecutive year a protest picnic at the sources of the Sana River. This event will be held on Saturday, April 23th 2016. With this trip Coalition appeals that sources of Sana River should be preserved, despite the construction of hydro power plant “Medna”, which threatens to endanger one of the most beautiful natural heritage of our country.

Coalition for Sana consists of 23 associations of nature lovers and sports. Along with RibnikMunicipality we are trying for years to prevent this crime against nature and citizens.

As reminder, the investor “LSB Elektrane” from Banja Luka, under the auspices of “Interenergo” Ljubljana, property of “Kelag International” from Austria, is trying to build a small hydro power plant Medna on the sources of the Sana River. Coalition for Sana made economic feasibility study and thus proved unprofitability of the project and a negative financial impact on the budget of the Ribnik Municipality and the Republic of Srpska for the amount of 1,055,988 KM.

Under the motto “Save the Balkan Rivers – stop the dam tsunami” on April 16th, from river Sava in Slovenia started “Balkan Rivers Tour”, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of the Balkan rivers and the threats they are facing. A group of kayakers from all over Europe led by Slovenian former Olympic and founder of Leeway Collective athlete RokRozman, will paddle 16 rivers in 6 Balkan countries and on April 23th they will paddle on Sana. Tour ends on May 20th on the river Vjosa in Albania.  For more information visit http://www.balkanrivers.net/en/balkan-rivers-tour.

After seven years of struggle and besides the fact that construction of hydropower plant is ongoing, it is not too late to save Sana. Therefore, we invite you to join us in as greater number as possible to send a message “We won’t give up on Sana”!

 Plan of the excursion, April 23th 2016:

  • 08:00 departure by bus from Banja Luka (old bus station) and Prijedor (in front of the city stadium),
  • 10:00 short break in front of the Visitor Center Pecka in GornjaPecka and participants gathering,
  • 10:30 walk to the Sana sources,
  • 12:00 participants gathering on the Sana sources, giving statements to the media,
  • 13:00 farewell of the kayakers on their peddle on the Sana River,
  • 13:00 – 15:00 free activities as photographing and visiting of the sources
  • 15:00 departure to the Visitor Center in GornjaPecka where is organized lunch for all the participants.
  • Returning is in the early evening hours.

    Transport is organized from Prijedor and Banja Luka and all interested should contact persons below by Wednesday, April 20th.

    Jelena Ivanić: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 065/779-467 (za Banja Luku)

    Goran Krivić: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 065/690-972 (za Prijedor)

    The registration fee is 13 BAM (7 BAM for transportation and 6 BAM for lunch).

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