Saving the Last Wild River in Europe
New film calls out international banks for funding dams in National Parks...
In Southwestern Albania, the Vjosa river runs free-flowing and wild - through dramatic canyons, meandering stretches, and stunning oxbows.
It’s not just pretty either, it’s also home to thousands of species and is crucial to the communities that reside along its banks.
But all this could be in danger, thanks to proposed hydropower projects that will dam the river. And that’s what new film ‘Adventures Not Dams’ investigates.
Produced by filmmaker Jon Collins and travel experience provider Much Better Adventures co-founder, Sam Bruce, the short film looks into not only who is funding the dams, but also the potential impact on the environment and local populations.
Speaking about the project, Bruce said: “When we heard about the plans to dam the last wild river on the continent we went out to Albania see what was happening on the ground.
“To pour concrete over protected national parks is crazy but to do so without proper environmental assessments is obscene. They are building these dams without proper planning permission or giving notice to the locals who will be the most impacted.
“The locals along this beautiful river have been ignored - It’s a classic David versus Goliath situation. The optimism from some of the people we met was admirable but they desperately need their voices heard and get more support of the international community. Hopefully our film can contribute towards making this issue more widely known”.
Much Better Adventures have also launched a new rafting and kayaking adventure in Albania with the local guides and activists connected to the campaign against the dams, to support the growth of the adventure economy in the region.
Watch the film below to find out more...
By Lizzie Cox