Thousands of people are affected by the projected dam tsunami in the Balkans. They would lose their homes or arable lands, their drinking water and irrigation supply, the landscape they have enjoyed for generations. Despite the huge impact on their lives, most affected communities are never informed about the hydropower projects in their ‘backyards’, let alone consulted.
Many of them are fighting back – they are determined to protect their river, whatever the cost - “We give our life, but not our river” is a common attitude. Together we are stronger - we must support and unite them in their fight, tell their stories and protest with them in solidarity.
Join us at the Balkan-wide Action Weeks in July!
Come to the following protests under the slogan "Our rivers - No DAMage!"
Keep track of THIS PAGE for action updates and more info!
(click on the links for more detailed information on individual actions, scroll for English)
July 6 Protest in Tirana, Albania. Organized by EcoAlbania
July 6-7 Protest Bus Tour to affected communities in Serbia, Organized by Blue Heart coordinator in Serbia, Stara Planina Action Group and Right to Water
July 6: Visiting affected communities between Savski nasip in Belgrade and Pirot
July 7: Protest action Stara Planina
July 9 Protest in Podgorica, Montenegro. Organized by Greenhome
July 13 Protest in Zirovnica, Mavrovo National Park, North-Macedonia. Organized by Front 21/42 and the local community of Zirovnica
July 13 Flotilla Protest within Balkan Rivers Tour 4, Slovenia: Dam Reservoir Most na Soči. Organized by Balkan Rivers Defence
July 13 Protest in Decan, Kosovo. Organized by Environmentally Responsible Action (ERA) group
July 14 Protest in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Organized by Center for Environment (CZZS)
July 16 Protest within the Vovousa Festival, Greece. Organized by Pindos Perivallontiki
Action Weeks supported by
STORIES OF DAM-AFFECTED PEOPLE
The stories of people impacted by dam projects are heart-rendering. But they also give hope, because they demonstrate the determination with which people stand up for nature. And they also show that fighting for a common good unites people. Rivers unite - dams divide!
Read here some selected stories of affected people who will not surrender to the sell-out of their river.