balkan rivers

Rights for the Balkan Rivers: European Tribunal in Defense of Aquatic Ecosystems

The fourth hearing of the European Tribunal for Aquatic Ecosystems will take place on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at 5 pm (Paris time). The Balkan Rivers case is being brought to international attention through the International Rights Of Nature Tribunal, organized by the European Hub of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

About the Balkan Rivers case

The Balkan rivers are some of the last free-flowing and wild rivers of Europe and are a hotspot for biodiversity with unique ecosystems and wildlife, including the critically endangered Balkan lynx.
They are home to 69 different fish species that live nowhere else in the world, and their beds provide shelter for over 40% of all endangered freshwater mollusk species in Europe.
However, those rivers are now highly endangered with the plans to build over 2,500 dams on just about every one of them. If built, it would possibly result in ecocide.

The Tribunals

There is still time to act. From January to March 2021, the European Tribunal for the Rights of Aquatic Ecosystems heard three cases of aquatic entities to be protected in Europe: the Mer de Glace France, the rivers of French Guiana case and the Lake Vättern case in Sweden. There is one more hearing coming up for this Tribunal: the Mediterranean Sea threatened by red mud in Marseille (May 29th).

Recognizing the rights of Nature means recognizing the interdependence between humans and Nature and accepting that humans can no longer dispose of it with impunity. Thus, it is a necessity to establish the legal personality of Nature in order to systematically take it into account in our political and societal choices. This legal evolution is necessary for the preservation of life.

This Tribunal aims to recognize the rights of Nature, which means recognizing the interdependence between humans and Nature and accepting that States, companies, and humans can no longer dispose of it with impunity. Thus, it is a necessity to establish the legal personality of Nature in order to systematically take it into account in our political and societal choices. This legal evolution is necessary for the preservation of life.

More information:

Read more about this case here.
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