Save the blue heart of Europe
Nowhere else in Europe as in Bosnia and Herzegovina can such a large number of pristine and wild rivers, crystal clear streams, gravelly shores, untouched alluvial forests, deep canyons, waterfalls and rapids, karst sinkholes can be found.
BiH’s rivers are our greatest asset, however, they are under threat from plans to build a large number of hydropower plants on nearly every one of them.
In order to raise public awareness of the importance of the Balkans rivers, the European organizations EuroNatur and RiverWatch, in cooperation with local partners in the Balkan Peninsula, launched the campaign “Save the Blue Heart of Europe”, of which the Center for Environment is a part as well.
«Hydropower plants do enormous damage to our nature, economy and local communities that are directly connected to these rivers. The CfE has been fighting the construction of hydropower plants and other harmful projects for years, and we are committed to improving energy efficiency and making greater use of other renewable energy sources that are less harmful, such as wind and solar. “
Through “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign, CfE is fighting to halt hydroelectric projects on the rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and seek to raise awareness of the biological diversity of rivers, which are key habitats for biodiversity and endemic species in the region. Through the campaign, we connect and collaborate with a large number of organizations, local communities, professionals and other stakeholders.
The campaign also produced the documentary “Blue Heart”, commissioned by the sports brand Patagonia, which has been translated into 14 languages and represents the fight against hydropower projects in Albania, Northern Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The world premiere of this film was organized by the CfE at Idbar Dam near Konjic, where a year earlier, we had set up a mural with artist and activist Luka Tomac from Zagreb.