The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environment...

A substantial number of countries are failing to adhere to the agreed provisions of the International Aarhus Convention on environmental democracy (1). While the post-Soviet and...

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Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

Will the defenders of the environment get effective protection from harassment and persecutions? That is one of the main agenda points of the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to...

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Springs of Sana are finally a natural monument

Springs of Sana are finally a natural monument

On September 30th, 2021, great news for Arnika and mainly its long-term partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina was announced. The Government of the Republika Srpska passed the...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Yugoslavia was once one of the most successful countries of the socialist bloc. Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in the heart of the defunct Balkan Federation, was the center of its arms, metallurgical and chemical industries. Unlike Yugoslavia itself, industrial pollution persists to this day. At the same time, Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity in Europe and the last of really wild European rivers. Today, these rivers are threatened by hundreds of projects for the construction of small hydropower plants.

No robbery, save the rivers!

bosniaBosnia and Herzegovina is unique in the number of natural and unregulated watercourses, which are home to many endemic species of plants and animals. These natural gems are threatened by an uncontrolled boom in the construction of hydropower plants - hundreds of projects are being prepared. Many of them are in places that any European Union country would protect as a national park. Authorities and politicians are ignoring the negative effects, such as an increased risk of floods, irreversible devastation of nature and damage to tourism. Local communities do not want to be robbed of their natural wealth. Many have already raised their voices - and we support these River Keepers.

We were at the birth of the Civic Coalition for Rivers. We have issued a number of analyzes and proposals to better protect the environment and the rights of local people. We have launched an eco-info board, which replaces the non-existent official electronic board. We have contributed to making the springs of the Sana River a natural monument. We have proposed a Declaration on the Protection of the Rivers of the Western Balkans, which has already been signed by dozens of organizations and adopted by the parliaments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For clean air

The chimneys of numerous factories are the cause of one of the most serious problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina - tens of thousands of people are suffering from heavy air pollution. The owners do not invest enough in new technologies and continue to benefit from the operation of obsolete metallurgical and chemical plants and power plants. One of the biggest polluters in the entire Western Balkans is the steelworks of the global corporation ArcelorMittal in Zenica. We have discovered that its operation causes food contamination. Every year, we publish rankings of the biggest polluters of Bosnia and Herzegovina and thus help to better inform the population.

More information in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian can be found on our websites https://www.eko.ba and https://rijekebih.org 

Our work is supported by the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Global Greengrants Fund and the Central European Initiative.