Water, the resource that sustains life, is at the heart of a conflict in Kosovo.
The boom of hydropower plant construction in recent years has brought citizens out to protest in villages across the country, especially in the Bjeshket e Nemuna and Sharri national parks. While hydropower energy has tended to be considered “green,” citizens aren’t buying that and local opposition toward it has grown.
So, we wanted to pause and ask: Why? And how? What is the real impact of the hydropower industry in Kosovo, and why has it grown so much in recent years? How does it work and how does it impact nature and society? And especially, if Kosovo is to produce renewable energy through the country’s rivers — at what cost?
In this video explainer, we sum up the main concerns and key information about the hydropower boom in Kosovo, after talking to citizens, experts, politicians and activists.
And if you’re interested in this topic, stay tuned for a larger story on the issue that we will publish on K2.0 in the upcoming weeks. K
Hydropower Plants in Kosovo – Their Problems and Their Real Potential (Balkan Green Foundation, 2019)
Western Balkans Hydropower – Who Pays? Who Profits? (CEE Bankwatch Network, 2019)
Rationale behind the small hydropower plants in the Lepenci River Basin – (Gjethi, 2017)
Research, script and narration: Cristina Marí
Script editing: Jack Butcher
Design and animation: Kokrra
Video editing and camera: Matthieu Jouffre
Music: Liburn Jupolli
Sound: Studio 11 Prishtinë