BALKAN RIVER DEFENCE IN BBC’S DOCUMENTARY

BALKAN RIVER DEFENCE IN BBC’S DOCUMENTARY

On March 25th BBC’s elite documentary series Earth’s Great Rivers premiered their most recent episode about the Danube river system. Featured in this stunning film that is a true tribute to the Alpine rivers flowing into the Black Sea are also our actions and efforts to keep rivers free. The whole sequence about the Sava River was filmed last spring by our film crew at Leeway Collective and we did our best to show our home river and its scaley inhabitants best we could. Watch the film and see massive Sava Huchen spawning, a cool waterfall drop in a kayak and a profound interview with our founder Rok Rozman here: […]

STAGE VICTORY FOR ROMANIA’S BASCA MARE

STAGE VICTORY FOR ROMANIA’S BASCA MARE

Yesterday, after years of hard work and 4 court trials, our Romanian friends Catalin Campeanu and Calin Dejeu managed to prove that dam construction on stunning Basca Mare River is illegal, which means that construction authorisation obtained by the company Hydroelectric is canceled, woohoo! This is not the final legal step though, but the future for Basca Mare now looks brighter than ever. These passionate and determined guys demonstrated it is possible and are saying thank you to everyone who helped them in one way or another or simply donated to the cause when it was most necessary. The BRT4 week in Romania in 2019 was one for the books and it […]

DESTRUCTION IN THE PROTECTED TRNOVO GORGE ON SOČA

DESTRUCTION IN THE PROTECTED TRNOVO GORGE ON SOČA

Local sheriffs have been actively transforming the Soča Valley into Disneyland for several years, and their latest project has gone a step further. In the Trnovo gorge (between Trnovo and Kobarid), which is protected by Natura 2000 and at the same time declared a natural heritage and natural monument, illegal construction was recently undertaken. Despite the prohibition and disagreements by the Institute for Nature Protection of the Republic of Slovenia, they started (and almost finished) the works that reopened the abandoned road from Italian occupation and enabled access to the most remote pool of the Soča River by car. During the works stones, rocks and trees were barbarically pushed down […]

UNIČEVANJE ZAŠČITENE SOTESKE REKE SOČE

UNIČEVANJE ZAŠČITENE SOTESKE REKE SOČE

Lokalni šerifi dolino Soče že kar nekaj let zagnano spreminjajo v lunapark, njihov najnovejši projekt pa je šel še korak dlje. V trnovski soteski, ki je zaščitena z Naturo 2000 in je hkrati razglašena za naravno dediščino ter naravni spomenik, so se načrtno lotili črne gradnje. Navkljub prepovedim in nestrinjanju Zavoda za varstvo narave RS so pričeli (in že skoraj zaključili) z deli, ki so odkrila zapuščeno cesto in omogočila pristop do najbolj odročnega tolmuna reke Soče kar z avtom. Med deli so kamenje, skale in drevesa barbarsko porivali kar po klančini vse do Soče, kar lepo prikaže njihov odnos do narave te prelepe doline. Seveda se njihovi načrti tu […]

PADDLER’S AWARD FOR THE NON PROTIF ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

PADDLER’S AWARD FOR THE NON PROTIF ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

Honoured to have been nominated and excited to win the Kayak Session Magazine Paddler’s Award for the Non Profit Organization of the Year.  We will use it as a reason to celebrate and then go ahead even more determined to do our part in keeping rivers and river stretches wild. In 2021, a bit different than in the other years, we have been focused on one of our home rivers here in Slovenia and we plan on doing the same in the future. Hopefully this international recognition helps the efforts to cancel the absurd dam plans on the Sava. Cheers to all!

ANDREJI SLAMERŠEK NAGRADA WOLFGANGA STAABA 2021

ANDREJI SLAMERŠEK NAGRADA WOLFGANGA STAABA 2021

Slovenska borka za reke Andreja Slameršek je danes v Münchnu prejela nagrado Wolfganga Staaba za varstvo narave 2021 za svoje izjemno prizadevanje za naravo evropske vrednosti. Utemeljitev podeljevalcev je bila jasna: »Da lahko dve veliki slovenski reki, Mura in Sava, še dalje neovirano tečeta po svojih strugah, je predvsem zasluga naravovarstvenice Andreje Slameršek. S podporo nevladnih organizacij ji je uspelo ustaviti več načrtovanih hidroenergetskih projektov, ki bi uničili edinstvene, ekološko dragocene poplavne pokrajine obeh rek.« Povedano bolj po domače; če ne bi bilo Andreje, njene odločnosti, poguma in nepopustljivosti, bi bila večina naših, sicer pogosto precej bolj opaženih akcij, popolnoma zaman. Zagnana Štajerka že dolga leta pod okriljem Društva za preučevanje […]

ANDREJA SLAMERŠEK RECEIVES THE WOLFGANG STAAB NATURE CONSERVATION AWARD 2021

ANDREJA SLAMERŠEK RECEIVES THE WOLFGANG STAAB NATURE CONSERVATION AWARD 2021

The fact that Slovenia’s two major rivers, the Mura and the Sava, can still flow mostly unhindered through their riverbeds is largely thanks to the conservationist Andreja Slameršek. We are sometimes the loud and obvious ones, but if it wasn’t for Andreja, her fearlessness and determination at court cases, our actions would be more or less useless! She succeeded at many court cases, stopping several planned hydropower projects that would have destroyed the unique, ecologically valuable floodplain landscapes of the two rivers. Andreja was awarded the Wolfgang Staab Nature Conservation Prize 2021 for her outstanding commitment to nature conservation and we salute and congratulate her! Respect!

BRT5 SHORT VIDEOS PUBLISHED

BRT5 SHORT VIDEOS PUBLISHED

Fist sneak peak of moving images capturing the Balkan Rivers Tour 5 descent of the Sava river in Slovenia can now be seen in the short videos that you can reach here. In the meantime, we are continuing the work on the full feature documentary that will show the 258 kilometres of the Sava river, present its beauty, expose the threats it is facing and provide information to help with sculpturing the appropriate opinion on whether they should build 10 new dams or not.

SAVA PRI MOKRICAH ŠE BLIŽJE TEMU, DA OHRANI TOK!

SAVA PRI MOKRICAH ŠE BLIŽJE TEMU, DA OHRANI TOK!

Upravno sodišče je odpravilo vladno odločbo o prevladi druge javne koristi nad koristjo ohranjanja narave, ki bi omogočila začetek gradnje HE Mokrice. Sodišče je dalo vedeti, da sočasno pač ni možno uporabljati treh zakonov. Po domače povedano je bil tole malo preveč šalabajzerski poizkus. Po novem bo investitor moral lepo ‘po reglcih’, kot bi rekla stara mama, najprej izvesti celoten postopek presoje vplivov na okolje in šele zatem sprožiti postopek prevlade javne koristi nad koristjo ohranjanja narave. VEČ INFO: https://www.rtvslo.si/okolje/sodisce-o-he-mokrice-presojo-vplivov-na-okolje-je-treba-izvesti-najprej-in-v-celoti/599807?fbclid=IwAR0PieTyX1DEQvdHzwA6tlfNX0QPXwCnWvSitOjjAKa2LiUZ0UV8Yo3963g ENG: The Administrative Court annulled the government’s decision on the predominance of other public benefits over the benefits of nature conservation, which would enable the start of construction of HPP […]

POSTPRODUCTION PHASE ON THE SAVA DOCUMENTARY

POSTPRODUCTION PHASE ON THE SAVA DOCUMENTARY

Our crew has started the film production now, diving into creating our documentary about the Sava River. After 1.5 months of intense work going through all the footage, we have now started the editing process and are stitching together sequences. Presenting the 258 km of a river, its beauty and threats to a viewer is quite a challenge, but we are up for it. SLO Naša produkcijska ekipa je zalavfala motorje za pot proti celovečernemu dokumentarcu o Savi! Po mesecu in pol pregledovanja in sortiranja posnetkov, smo sedaj v montaži in oblikujemo posamezne sekvence. Predstaviti 258 km reke, njenih lepot in groženj s katerimi se sooča gledalcu je kar izziv, […]