1 WEEK UNTIL BRT 4 | WEEK 3: BULGARIA

1 WEEK UNTIL BRT 4 | WEEK 3: BULGARIA

The countdown is on! Just ONE WEEK until the start of the last week of Balkan Rivers Tour 4. We have never been to Bulgaria with the Balkan Rivers Tour and we are very much looking forward to changing that. Stunning rivers that are unfortunately in danger of being destroyed by dams and a highway, passionate local river defenders, scientists, kayakers and fishermen and a cool program provide some serious potential to making this a severely special week. For full program on the BRT4 | Week2: Slovenia, click here. Basecamp will be here: Eco Village Stara Kresna | www.starakresna.com | 41.789179, 23.178571 To join us in the basecamp (3 meals […]

BRT4 | WEEK 3: BULGARIA – FULL PROGRAM

BRT4 | WEEK 3: BULGARIA – FULL PROGRAM

A detailed program with the day-to-day plan for Week 3: Bulgaria is now available. It will be the last action of BRT4 and the focus will be on fly fishing and macroinvertebrates sampling, hiking and birdwatching. We will still do a bunch of kayaking, or course! We are planning loads of extra events; outdoor films, lectures and workshops. And we will wrap up the week with a flotilla and a party to finish the Balkan Rivers Tour 4 in style! BASECAMP: Our basecamp will be a really cool Eco Village in Stara Kresna, called Thick Oak, coordinates: 41.789179, 23.178571 For a fee, they will provide places for accommodation (tents or […]

Students for Rivers Camp

Students for Rivers Camp

The banks of the Soča River in Slovenia became the playground (and classroom) of the first ever Students for Rivers Camp during the fourth annual Balkan Rivers Tour. Twenty-eight students and more than 20 speakers from 20 different nations gathered with one common motivation; to use their brains to protect the last remaining wild rivers of Europe. “I basically came here to learn how I can help my friend Aoos and its tributaries?” – Dimitris Papageorgiou, student from the Aoos River | Greece Students and presenters from many different disciplines were invited to look at the threat of hydropower development from a wide range of perspectives. Only by understanding the […]

BRT4 | WEEK 2: CELEBRATING THE SOČA RIVER

BRT4 | WEEK 2: CELEBRATING THE SOČA RIVER

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 4 – WEEK 2 RECAP Celebrating Slovenia’s Soča River The Soča River. She is where many of the Balkan River Defence (BRD) team learned to kayak. The river they call home. And the main inspiration behind Balkan Rivers Tour (BRT). Basically, what motivated this group of kayakers to take-action and stand up for all the rivers of this region. So, it’s fitting that we invited kayakers, university students and river conservation experts from around the world to our home, to  celebrate the Soča River during week 2 of BRT4. Together with the River Intellectual’s Students for Rivers Camp, we gathered over 150 people to disrupt the norms of […]

BRT4 | FILM FESTIVAL

BRT4 | FILM FESTIVAL

After a long day of workshops, kayaking, lectures, presentations, hikes and alternatives hunting it feels good to sit down in the grass, open a beer, lean onto your neighbour/friend/sympathy and watch a cool film about saving the Momma Earth in style. This is why we have joined forces with Kamp Koren, Kendal Mountain Festival and Bovec Outdoor Film Festival and put together 18 stunning films to make this a reality. We call it BRT 4 Film Festival. Full schedule below: See you on the grass 😉

1 WEEK UNTIL BRT 4 | WEEK 2: SLOVENIA

1 WEEK UNTIL BRT 4 | WEEK 2: SLOVENIA

The countdown is on! Just ONE WEEK until the start of what we hope will be the most action, knowledge and party-packed week we have ever pulled off. Let’s keep it brief; kayaking, hiking, swimming, discussions, lectures, presentations, workshops, direct action, flotilla, beer mile and a concert. If you like at least 2 of these activities and want to spend your time with purpose… put all excuses aside, get mobilized, grab a vessel of any sort and come join us in this pledge to keep wild rivers safe! Full program on the BRT4 | week2: Slovenia, click here. Full BRT4 Film Festival program, click here. Explore the lectures and presentations […]

BRD AT THE TFN FUNDING EVENT IN LONDON

BRD AT THE TFN FUNDING EVENT IN LONDON

On June 4thour founder Rok Rozman was presenting idea and work of Balkan River Defence with a pitch at The Funding Network event in London. The UK philanthropists decided it is worth supporting the cause and we are more than happy to receive a grant that will enable us to bring the movement into the second phase with more smaller projects for which we never had the funds to bring them to life. We will now finally be able to support our core crew. Thanks to TFN team and all the donors!

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SAVA RIVER – THE FLOTILLA

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SAVA RIVER – THE FLOTILLA

June 1st marks the International day for Sava. This is why we joined forces with local kayakers & river defenders and Slovenian NGOs and civil initiatives (Lutra, DPRS, Ne jezimo Save, Za Savo, Divja Sava za vedno) that think middle and lower Sava should be left in peace for wildlife to flourish and free flowing river to provide opportunities for sustainable development. Company Sava hydro power plants wants to build up to 11 new big dams that would turn this symbolic river into a series of dead lakes. We rose paddles high and said loud no to these kind of plans and provided different ones: Instead of proposed dams government should […]

BRT4 | WEEK 2: SLOVENIA – FULL PROGRAM

BRT4 | WEEK 2: SLOVENIA – FULL PROGRAM

Detailed program with day-to-day plan for Week 2: Slovenia is now available. This is going to be the highlight of this years BRT. Parallel with it we will be hosting 30 students from all over Europe at Students for Rivers Camp. We are promising loads of kayaking, outdoor films, lectures, a hike, some workshops and cool direct action with flotilla, Beer Mile race and concert to wrap the week up in style! Since we are expecting quite a crowd we are getting organised (for the first time). This is why we kindly ask you to cooperate and make this transition from hippy style to spreadsheets easier for us by filling […]

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 4 | WEEK 1: WILD ROMANIAN RIVERS

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 4 | WEEK 1: WILD ROMANIAN RIVERS

BALKAN RIVERS TOUR 4 – WEEK 1 RECAP Wild Romanian Rivers As kayakers, we saw the rain as a good omen. A sign of a great week to come. So when we woke to a cold and rainy morning after a full day of packing, phone calls and last-minute emails while prepping for the first week of BRT4 in Romania, stoke levels began to rise with the river levels. Romania. A country unknown to the Balkan Rivers Tour team, but very alluring. We have heard stories of thick forests, rich culture and wild rivers. Using the strategy of completely filling the van until there isn’t space for one more piece […]