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Slovenia: plans for a series of hydraulic power plants


Flooded wetland areas along the Mura © Josef Limberger

Slovenia has granted concessions for the planning of a series of power plants along the Mura, Drava and Sava rivers. The International Committee for the Protection of the Mura River Unsere Mur - Nasa Mura, founded in spring 2006, is opposing this threat to precious river landscapes of the Alps and pre-Alps.
The Committee for the Protection of the Mura is comprised of over 90 NGOs from the five neighbouring states concerned, namely Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia. Its main concern is preserving 1,000 km of free-flowing waterways in the Danube-Drava-Mura river network, their wetland forests and the surrounding cultural landscapes and, consequently, the connection between the Alps and the Balkans, the Pannonian plain and the area around the Black Sea.
Approval for the granting of the concessions is not solely incumbent on the Slovenian state, however, but also on other member states of the Mura Committee. Six power plants are also planned along the Austro-Slovenian border constituted by the Mura River; the Mura border region is one of the most precious river courses in Austria and also a Natura 2000 region.
Sources and information: (de/en), (de)