Balkan rivers small dams ecocide – the case of Serbia’s Kopaonik Josanica region.
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 3,500 dams on just about every one of them.
If built, it would possibly result with nearly one in 10 of Europe’s fish species being pushed to the brink of extinction with eleven endemic species being wiped out, seven more would be critically endangered, four types of sturgeon would be devastated and the number of endangered species would double to 24, according to the University of Graz report. Deforestation and soil erosion will follow, along with irrevocable changes to the course and character of untamed rivers, a quarter of which lie in pristine national parks and protected areas