BIRD SURVEY OF THE SAVA RIVER

BIRD SURVEY OF THE SAVA RIVER

Kayak monitoring of the Sava River waterfowl nesting area, from source to Danube Balkan River Defence is excited to share the details of a waterfowl study that will take place alongside Balkan Rivers Tour 5.  Whitewater kayaker and ornithology expert, Bor Mihelič, will become a part of the BRT5 team for the entire descent of the Sava, performing a bird survey of the entire Sava River – the first continuous survery of this kind down by water. His data and findings will be shared with all Bird Life organizations along the Sava and we hope his findings will also provide a base of data which local conservation groups can use […]

BRT5 ENVIRONMENTAL DNA STUDY

BRT5 ENVIRONMENTAL DNA STUDY

Sampling from kayaks BRT5’s Environmental DNA study  One thing that makes BRT different from other river conservation projects is how we combine adventure sports to science and nature conservation to expose the problem of dams, give a voice to the rivers and those fighting for them and also work towards solutions and alternatives. So, we are excited to announce that during BRT5, we will be performing an exciting environmental DNA study (eDNA)*, using this cutting-edge technology with the help of some of the most renowned ichthyology experts in the field, to do the following… Create the first ever complete eDNA sampling of the Sava River. Deliver a map of the […]

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 5 | Sava: Bohinj to Belgrade

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 5 | Sava: Bohinj to Belgrade

The Sava River is kind of like the girl (or boy) next door. You spend your childhood playing together, never really realizing how attractive/mysterious/beautiful and incredible he/she really is. The Balkan River Tour 5 (BRT5) crew will kayak the entire length of Sava River and will be joined along the way by people who support wild rivers. They will spend 39 days and 1000km in their kayaks – paddling from the source of the Sava River in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, all the way to the confluence with Danube River in Belgrade, Serbia. 39 days. 4 countries. 1000km of paddling. 1 river. Sava. From April 24th […]

BRT 4 | APRIL, JULY, SEPTEMBER 2019

BRT 4 | APRIL, JULY, SEPTEMBER 2019

We used a new approach for Balkan Rivers Tour 4 Instead of using the usual BRT formula, one big, month-long event, we changed the concept to split the river conservation action into 3 separate weeks. A way to mix things up, to get to some seldom seen and under represented valleys, to explore some new rivers and above all to stay at the same place with the same people for a longer time, to make our efforts more focused and helpful. It turned out to be quite an effective and quite a wild year! We set a basecamp for each week and used it as a place where we eat, […]

BRT 3 | SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER 2018

BRT 3 | SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER 2018

We decided to make the third Balkan Rivers Tour special in 3 ways; to make it really big and support local initiatives more directly with focus on creative actions, travel from south towards north for the first time to finish at our homes in Slovenia and use it as a premiere tour for our fresh full length documentary The Undamaged. With this in mind the program was full on for 32 days. We have visited 6 countries, kayaked on 9 rivers, joined forces with nearly 1.500 people from 19 countries and made 17 events with protests, flotillas and The Undamaged screenings. The grand finale happened in Slovenia, with flotillas on […]

BRT 2 | MARCH TO MAY 2017

BRT 2 | MARCH TO MAY 2017

In order to carry on with the flow, Balkan Rivers Tour 2 started in March 2017 and gathered paddlers, locals, nature lovers and friends from all over the world to show their support to free flowing rivers and have good times together. This time the action was more straightforward. We focused on two rivers; Slovenia’s Soča and Montenegro’s Morača River. We started the tour by paddling the Soča – the emerald pearl of the Alps – from it’s source in Slovenia to the Adriatic sea in Italy. Directly following the Soča, the Balkan Rivers Tour crew dove into exploration and adventures deep in the Dinaric Alps of Greece and Albania […]

BRT 1 | APRIL AND MAY 2016

BRT 1 | APRIL AND MAY 2016

When Slovenian kayaker Rok Rozman found out there were 2,700 dams proposed to be built in his backyard, the Balkan Peninsula, he didn’t start a petition or write letters to politicians. He just went kayaking. And this seemingly simple action has started what has become the biggest direct river conservation action in Europe. At its roots the Balkan Rivers Tour is about saving rivers in threat of being dammed. But success of this movement comes from something so organic, and so simple; having fun. BRT started as a crazy red line on a map and turned into a movement. It created an atmosphere where people are united in the fight […]

LECTURES + PRESENTATIONS

LECTURES + PRESENTATIONS

Rok and the BRD team have traveled to festivals, outdoor shops and events to share the story of BRT over the last couple of years. Interactive and entertaining slide shows (presented with complete honesty and zero filter) entertain audiences with the whole BRD story but also challenge people to think and take action for themselves. Presentations take people on the journey…from how Rok took the plunge and dove into this crazy project to how the team pulled together BRT 1 and BRT 2. Presentations also outline why hydro is dirty  and how we got our story into the spotlight of international and nations media attention. These events helped share the […]