BRT 4 – WEEK 1: ROMANIA, DAY-TO-DAY PROGRAM

BRT 4 – WEEK 1: ROMANIA, DAY-TO-DAY PROGRAM

This year we are going to new locations to support even more grass roots battles for rivers and against greed. Detailed program with day-to-day plan for Romania is now available. It’s gonna be an action packed week with loads of kayaking, some fly fishing & hiking and a whole lot of hanging around with locals in order to find ways to expose the value of these still free flowing rivers. Save the date, pack your gear and tents and let us know you are coming with a short email to info@balkanriverdefence.org. See you!

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 4 | SAVE THE DATE

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 4 | SAVE THE DATE

We aren’t hibernating through the winter. We are working on all the details to make another Balkan Rivers Tour happen and we are happy to announce the dates for BRT4! This time, the 4th time down the road, we are changing the basic concept. We won’t be heading on a 32-day long trip where we move to a new location every day. Instead, Balkan Rivers Tour 4 will happen in 3 separate weeks in 3 different countries – to Romania and Bulgaria for the first time and our home, Slovenia. Each week will have a basecamp location. From there, we will make mini day trips to rivers in the region […]

RIVER INTELLECTUALS and STUDENTS FOR RIVERS CAMP

RIVER INTELLECTUALS and STUDENTS FOR RIVERS CAMP

River IntellectualsThe idea of incorporating academics into the BRD network came up a year ago and has been gaining interest and momentum. The idea behind River Intellectuals (RI) is simple; to bridge the gap between academics and river conservationists. Research can prove the value of free flowing rivers but often does not reach the NGO’s that need this academic backup. Moreover, research is dependent on funding and the interest often lies elsewhere. Luckily, many students and an increasing amount of professors are eager to have an impact with their research and want to use their studies for a bigger cause. Information is a powerful tool and our RI network funnels […]

THE UNDAMAGED V SLOVENSKIH KINEMATOGRAFIH

THE UNDAMAGED V SLOVENSKIH KINEMATOGRAFIH

Naš celovečerni dokumentarec ‘The Undamaged’ ali po domače ‘Nepoškodovane’ prihaja v slovenske kinematografe in s tem do vas.  Film sledi Balkan Rivers Tour-u 1 ter ob tem prikazuje boj vsakodnevnih ljudi iz Balkana (in ekipe kajakašev) za divje reke in s tem proti nepotrebnim pregradam hidroelektrarn. Balkan je zadnji košček Evrope, ki še gosti prosto tekoče reke in z njimi povezane bogate ekosisteme, običaje in skupnosti. Pohlep iz tujine in vladnih uradov, ki poganja 3.000 načrtovanih jezov, se na le-te ne ozira in v varnem medijskem mrku počne, česar ne bi počel na svojem domačem pragu. A ta nepravica s pisanimi kajaki in pestro mednarodno ekipo v njih postaja znana […]

BUDVA DIRTY HYDRO SUMMIT

BUDVA DIRTY HYDRO SUMMIT

On November 7th hydro investors from across the Balkans and around the world gathered in Budva, Montenegro for the 2nd International Summit and Exhibition Hydropower Balkans (aka #budvadirtyhydrosummit), to wheel and deal inside a fancy hotel, making corrupt plans to turn the flow of Balkan rivers into cash flow into their pockets. But outside, over 70 people from 8 countries gathered with banners, whistles, loud voices and lots of energy to remind decision makers, locals, investors and national media, that hydropower is not green, and that these rivers belong to everyone. The banners, whistles and megaphone to tell investors that hydro is dirty energy and investing in it is a terrible […]

BRT 3 | BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA + SLOVENIA | Week 4

BRT 3 | BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA + SLOVENIA | Week 4

Paddling into downtown Banja Luka. Dropping mini waterfalls on the Mrežnica. Flotillas on the Mura and Sava. Final protest in Ljubljana. A misty morning on the edge of the Vrbas River in Bosnia and Herzegovina turned into sunny day on the river where the crew got into some fun whitewater and lots of laughs. As the Balkan Rivers Tour Team floated into camp, a riverside press conference was waiting for them. The message we wanted to share was one from the locals along the river. That despite that fact that there are already 3-4 dams on the Vrbas, it’s still worth it to fight for this river. It’s surprisingly still […]

BRT 3 | MONTENEGRO + BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA | Week 3

BRT 3 | MONTENEGRO + BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA | Week 3

Brainstorming for river defence in Bukovica. Press Conference downtown Nikšić. Meetings in Sarajevo. Food, fun and film screening in Kruščica.  When you turn off the main roads, that’s when you meet the real warriors of river conservation in the Balkans. The community of Bukovica have created an NGO to protect their river. Each community member donated 5-10 euro and that’s how them are fighting the private investors that want to dam their river. By the warmth of the wood stove in a smoky local pub we discussed strategies, created a press release and organized a press conference for the following day in the city of Nikšić. All this in 3 […]

BRT 3 | ALBANIA + MONTENEGRO Week 2

BRT 3 | ALBANIA + MONTENEGRO Week 2

A blockade in Valbona NP. Portaging through the city in Podgorica. Partying and paddling at Kayak Fest Tara. It was cold and dusty sitting on the ground, but the most painful part was the view of construction site. Just over a year ago the BRT 2 team were in Albania’s Valbona National Park and witnessed the start of the construction of the hydroelectric dam. Now, a wall has been built and the river is almost stopped. After a wild year of court cases, appeals, and all the twisted, corrupt acts you can imagine in a country where the prime minister owns shares in the hydro electric company destroying their wild […]

BRT 3 | ALBANIA + MACEDONIA Week 1

BRT 3 | ALBANIA + MACEDONIA  Week 1

Paddling in Tepelene. Premiers in Tirana. Exploring Mavoro NP. Protest in Skopje city centre.  Balkan Rivers Tour 3 started off where the first tour ended; the streets of Tirana, Albania. BRT3 has a simple formula and builds off the energy of the first two tours. In each major city and one river-side or rural city of the six countries this tour stops in, the team screens their feature-length documentary, The Undamaged. The film tells the story of how this kayaker-led river defence movement started, spotlighting locals who speak emotionally and energetically, dispelling the myth that hydro is green energy. After the screening a day of paddling and adventuring is planned, […]

BRT 3 | On the Road and on the Water!

BRT 3 | On the Road and on the Water!

Balkan Rivers Tour 3 has officially started… on the road and on the water! Starting in Albania we are heading north through Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia ending in Slovenia. Six countries, 32 days and 17 events including film premiers of our documentary The Undamaged, street protests, creative actions and lots of kayaking. On day one we hit the water, kayaking the largest free flowing river left in Europe – the mighty Vjosa. What a way to kick off the tour, celebrating a river that so many locals have worked so hard to protect?! So, it seems fitting that we had the first (of many) premiers of The Undamaged […]