Articles by Marco Ranocchiari

Topli Do: dalla resistenza la rinascita di un villaggio

12/04/2023 -  Marco Ranocchiari

L’unica ricchezza di Topli Do, villaggio in via di spopolamento tra i boschi della Stara Planina, in Serbia, sono i suoi torrenti impetuosi. Quando nel 2019 una centralina idroelettrica stava per portarglieli via, i pochi abitanti rimasti non hanno esitato a erigere delle barricate. Da allora il villaggio vive un’insperata rinascita

Vjosa e Mura, ritratto di due fiumi diversi

05/01/2023 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Uno è un moderno corso d'acqua europeo, rigidamente sfruttato e regolamentato, l'altro è l'ultimo fiume in Europa a scorrere libero da argini e dighe. Un progetto dell'Accademia slovena delle Scienze e delle Arti racconta i fiumi Mura e Vjosa

Adriaticaves, protecting the caves between Italy and the Balkans

14/10/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

The Adriaticaves project, part of the Interreg Adrion cooperation programme, aims to promote sustainable management of the immense speleological heritage scattered on both shores of the Adriatic, with particular attention to tourism with low environmental impact and disadvantaged territories

"Novi Sad on water", concrete and protests along the Danube

22/09/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

After Belgrade, Novi Sad. The new urban plan threatens the banks of the Danube and a natural area that "lets the river breathe", essential in case of flooding. The city administration continues at full speed along the concrete road

A national park for the Vjosa, the last wild river in Europe

23/06/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

On June 13 the Albanian government committed to establishing a National Park dedicated to the Vjosa, the last major European river free from embankments and dams. The decision follows almost ten years of international mobilisation

Cycling in the Amazon of Europe

24/05/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

The Amazon of Europe bike trail makes it possible to cycle over 1000 km along a cycle path that winds between rivers and forests, from Austria to Serbia

United against plastic in the protected areas of the Mediterranean

10/05/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Scientific research and good practices. These are the two main elements that for some years have brought together researchers and volunteers from Italy, Spain, Greece, Albania, Croatia, and Slovenia in the fight to safeguard the protected natural areas of the Mediterranean from plastics

Water, a common plan for the two shores of the Adriatic

22/03/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

"The Adriatic is the final common destination of the waters of the whole region, and therefore must be safeguarded with a common method and as a common good". The CrossWater project looks to the two Adriatic shores and the sustainable management of water services

"We are losing the Balkan lynx"

01/02/2022 -  Marco Ranocchiari

The results of the latest surveys on the Balkan lynx, present only in the mountains of North Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo, do not bode well for the future of one of the most endangered mammals in Europe

Slovenia: stop alla diga sulla Sava, un fiume però già a pezzi

26/11/2021 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Un tribunale amministrativo della Slovenia ha fermato la costruzione della diga di Mokrice, sulla Sava: il danno ambientale supera di gran lunga i benefici energetici della nuova centrale, fortemente voluta dal governo. Ma nel tratto sloveno del grande fiume molte altre nuove centrali sono in progetto o già costruite

Slovenia: young environmentalists and the pandemic, the unexpected consequences

08/11/2021 -  Marco Ranocchiari

In Slovenia, as in the rest of the world, Covid-19 has upset the dynamics of youth activism, including the environmental one, which was in full swing before the pandemic. Despite the assembly ban, the closed universities, and the economic crisis, environmentalists have achieved a historic referendum victory with another unexpected consequence: to take root in the rural country, traditionally impervious to mobilisations

Slovenia: water has won

14/07/2021 -  Marco Ranocchiari

On Sunday 11 July, with an overwhelming majority — and a high turnout — the Slovenes rejected the new law on water, which would have made it easier to build along the banks of rivers and on the coasts. A heavy defeat for right-wing prime minister Janez Jansa

Slovenia, braccio di ferro sull'acqua

17/05/2021 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Una controversa modifica della legge sull'acqua voluta dal governo renderà più facile costruire lungo le rive dei fiumi e sulla costa. Falliti i tentativi dell'opposizione di bloccare la riforma, agli ambientalisti resta la carta del referendum. Tra gli ecologisti e il ministro dell'Ambiente Andrej Vizjak, accusato di conflitto di interesse per il suo passato nell'idroelettrico, si apre l'ennesimo fronte

Covid-19: the plastic pandemic

28/04/2021 -  Marco Ranocchiari

In Europe, the period 2020-2021 was to mark the turning point in the fight against plastic waste, one of the most urgent problems of our century. Then came the new Coronavirus: with masks, gloves, and anti-contagion packaging, the risk of a step back is increasingly concrete

From Brazil to Bulgaria: the giants we ignore at our peril

09/02/2021 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Tailing ponds are among the largest and most dangerous structures engineered by humanity, but their operation is virtually unknown to those who don’t live in their vicinity. Europe is no less at risk from incidents than the rest of the world

Environment in Southeast Europe: lockdown abuses

23/12/2020 -  Marco Ranocchiari

As the eyes of the whole world are fixed on the pandemic, vigilance over environmental abuse is loosening. A study by the NGO Arnika documents the situation between Central-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Balkans

Hydroelectric power in Bosnia: between moratorium and abuse during lockdown

28/07/2020 -  Marco Ranocchiari

To defend the Balkan rivers, it was first necessary to make people aware that they were in danger. An interview with Ulrich Eichelmann, founder of the NGO RiverWatch and one of the coordinators of the campaign Save the Blue Heart of Europe

The village submerged by the Neretva

04/06/2020 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Lisičići, halfway between Mostar and Sarajevo, was submerged by an artificial lake in the 1950s. After nearly 70 years, the inhabitants still await justice. Meanwhile, the village has been reborn, and the lake has become its best ally

2014, six years later: Bosnia and Herzegovina and the floods

21/04/2020 -  Marco Ranocchiari

Six years ago, Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced a catastrophic flood. Today the country remains among the most exposed in all of Europe. Efforts have been made to reduce these risks, but they are often limited to international projects, without local institutions really taking charge of them

Bulgaria: la partita per la gola di Kresna

24/12/2019 -  Marco Ranocchiari

La battaglia ventennale sul tracciato dell'autostrada Sofia - Salonicco, che taglia la più importante area protetta della Bulgaria volge alle battute conclusive nel segno delle contraddizioni dell'UE che condanna la devastazione ambientale, ma finanzia generosamente i lavori. Entro gennaio si dovrà decidere