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Kuçedra: Portraits of Life on Europe's Last Wild River
by Nick St.Oegger
Kuçedra looks at Europe’s last wild river, the Vjosa in Albania, and proposed projects to construct dams along its route.

A key source of life for numerous endangered plant and animal species – many of which have disappeared from the rest of Europe’s rivers – the Vjosa also holds cultural and economic significance for the rural communities along its banks, which once played an important role in Albania’s agricultural industry. These communities have since faced economic decline as support from the central government has waned.

The Vjosa is currently under threat from hydropower development, which would alter the flow of the river, harming life within it and displacing thousands of people due to the creation of reservoirs. This is part of a larger hydropower boom in the Balkans, funded by international investment banks, which could see the creation of up to 3,000 dams on Europe’s last pristine river systems.

Through landscapes, portraits and interior details, this book portrays the environment of the Vjosa in its natural state, as it faces the threat of being changed forever. It’s being published with support from Patagonia and their campaign, Save the Blue Heart of Europe (www.blueheart.patagonia.com), which seeks to end investment in destructive hydropower projects on rivers throughout the Balkans.
ISBN: 9781527222151
Publisher: Self Published

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