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 […]

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 grassroots 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! NEW INFO Updated coordinates: Vadu Oii, 127286, Romania https://maps.google.com?q=Vadu%20Oii%20127286,%20Romania&ftid=0x40b389c68a7a27e3:0x3bcb6b5069f61d51&hl=en-IT&gl=it

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 […]