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DASHI: Dinaric Arc Sustainable Hydropower Initiative

The DASHI project has an aim to ensure the protection of key biodiversity freswhater areas in the Dinaric Arc, focusing the Skadar Lake, Livanjsko polje and the Neretva Delta. Skadar Lake basin is recognized as the most important habitat and biodiversity area. WWF, INCA and Green Home strives to ensure the mitigation of the unsustainable hydropower development as one of the biggest threats.


Within project we are trying to help the water managers to improve the water legislation and management in the Skadar Lake basin, by mainstreaming environmental flow concept into the water management. In order to establish a proper base, we intend to build capacities of the water managements to increase the understanding and knowledge of EU requirements and sustainable practices in water management.


Beside this, we will continue observing planning and development big projects in the Montenegro and pushing for application of the EU standards to any phase of these processes, while securing involvement of the NGOs and other stakeholders in decision making processes related to the Skadar lake basin planning and management.


Specific project objectives:

1. Key international stakeholders contribute to making Hydropower (HP) sustainable in the Western Balkan countries;

2. Improve the sustainability of HP developments through strengthened legislative framework and active dialogue between key stakeholders;

3. Leverage WWF/GH/INCA team capacity and resources to broaden and strengthen the civil society constituency acting against unsustainable hydropower developments in high conservation value regions of the Western Balkans.

Expected project results in Montegenegro:

1. initial steps towards implementing EU Water Framework Directive are supported improved Water Law and adoption of ecological acceptable flow concept and regulation;

2. highlighted the deficiencies of strategic and environmental impact assesments (EIA/SEA’s) processes in country and region, for several planned hydro development projects;

3. identified and developed strategy for addressing the problems of the small dams in the Montenegro and region;

4. demand-driven capacity of environmental CSOs in all three basins (Livanjsko polje, the Moraca River, and the Neretva Delta) is upgraded and supported.

The project DASHI: Dinaric Arc Sustainable Hydropower Initiative, has been supported by MAVA foundation and realized by Green Home, INCA from Albania and WWF.


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