Legal and practical tools for protecting the rivers of the Western Balkans and their people Featured

27.11.2019 - 29.11. 2019 | SARAJEVO: Hotel Grand Sarajevo, Muhameda Ef Pandže 7, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arnika – Centre for Citizens’ Support (Czech Republic), Center for Environment (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and WWF Adria (Bosnia and Herzegovina) kindly invite you to an international conference organized with the financial support of the European Union, the Transition Promotion Programme of the Czech Republic, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation and the Global Greengrants Fund.

The Western Balkan countries are unique, with an enormous number of pristine rivers providing habitats for rare and endemic plants and animals. These jewels of nature are threatened by an uncontrolled boom of hydropower plants – over 300 dams are planned on 244 rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina alone and about 2,700 dams are planned in the whole region. The construction causes irreversible damage to the natural environment and violates the rights of local communities, for example by causing a significant reduction of the drinking water resources. The conference aims to discuss legal and practical tools for the protection of the rivers, brings in international experience and seeks synergies in the protection of the rivers of the Western Balkans and the people dependent on them.

Date: November 27 - November 29

Conference venue: Hotel Grand Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The conference will be held in English and Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian (simultaneous interpretation provided)



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