The Vjosa is now getting attention in American media, as interest for this last big wild river of Europe increases around the world. Recently, an article was published in the TIME magazine, titled "Europe’s Last Wild River Is About to Get Dammed". Another article in the Scientific American – “Europe's Last Wild Rivers Could Soon Drown” – also features a short video
“If you climb it, they will come, and with them ecotourism dollars that could give the people of this area a much preferred alternative to the damming of their river.” Within the context of the Balkan Rivers Tour, a Patagonia climbing team explored climbing possibilities in Albania. They were awed by what they found...
Good news: the hydroelectric dam on the Tapajós river in the Amazon now officially does not get the environmental licence because of social and environmental concerns!
The dam would have flooded 376 sq km of Amazon rainforest and displaced some 12,000 Munduruku Indians. Major Amazon dam opposed by tribes fails to get environmental license
Another article, this time by the Circle of Blue, indicates the end of the hydro era. “[…] A lengthening list of nations around the world […] are reassessing big hydropower dams in an era when wind and solar power are less expensive, much easier to build, less damaging, and far less vulnerable to droughts and floods,” the article states.
The trend is your friend: in 2015, for the first time more solar and wind capacities were created than all coal, oil, hydro and nuclear power plants collectively! Read this article with the newest energy data from Peter Bosshard, International Rivers!