Bosnia: NGOs & citizens opposed to the construction of HPPs in Sutjeska national park

13. February 2015. / SEE Energy News

More than 6,000 citizens signed a petition to the National Assembly of the Republika Srpska asking for bringing of the conclusion that the construction of small hydropower plants in the National Park (NP) “Sutjeska” is not in the public interest.

The number of signatures is twice higher than what is needed for initiating of this civil initiative.

Natasha Crnkovic from Banja Luka’s Centre for Environment said at a press conference in Banja Luka that the signatures were collected in the previous seven days on 12 locations in the Republika Srpska.

“Sutjeska” is the oldest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most biologically diverse areas in South Eastern Europe, whose biologically most valuable parts are the canyons and gorges of Sutjeska and Hrcavka and strict nature reservation Perućica.

The campaign “Battle for Sutjeska” was launched as a response to plans for the construction of small hydropower plants in the National Park “Sutjeska”.

Investor “Drina Hydro Energy” from Ugljevik plans to build five small hydropower plants, two on the river Sutjeska and three on Hrčavka.

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