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It is Official: There is No Place for New Hydropower Plants on the Drava River!

Posted on 05 April 2019

A year-long campaign to save the Drava River from new hydropower plants organised by WWF was successful.
25 March 2019Koprivnica, Croatia – After several months of postponing the public hearing about the IV Amendments to the Spatial Plan of the Koprivnica-Križevci County, it officially began on Monday, 25th March. Despite announcements that hydropower plants Molve 1 and 2 would be included in the newly proposed Spatial Plan, a year-long campaign to save the Drava River from new hydropower plants organised by WWF was successful in preventing this. The amendments explicitly state that due to a significant negative impact on nature, no new hydropower plants will be constructed in the county.

“This news came at a perfect moment! We welcome the decision of the Koprivnica-Križevci County and competent institutions to exclude the possibility of new hydropower plant development on the Drava River. This decision will have far-reaching consequences and will significantly contribute to the protection of the Drava River, a riverine treasure of continental Croatia and Europe,” said WWF’s Ivana Korn Varga.

The public hearing will last until 23rd April, and the interested public is invited to participate. Furthermore, citizens will be able to express their opinion on 5th April at a public presentation in Koprivnica. That will also be an opportunity to find out more about the suggested amendments to the county’s Spatial Plan.

“After a successful campaign for preventing new hydropower plants on the Drava River, our next move is to prevent them from entering national documents and the planned Spatial Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia. The removal of Molve 1 and 2 from these documents will ensure long-term security from new hydropower developments on the Drava River. Since the Drava in Croatia is already a part of the Mura-Drava Regional Park, the Natura 2000 ecological network, and UNESCO’s Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, it is a logical step in our endeavour to permanently protect the Drava River,” concludes Korn Varga.