Albania’s Vjosa River is nicknamed Europe’s Blue Heart for good reason. It begins in Greece, close to the village of Vouvoussa, and its turquoise waters beat an untamed path through the Balkan Mountains, before emptying themselves into the Adriatic.
Untouched by man, today the Vjosa remains the last free-flowing river in Europe. But it’s under threat.
Echoing the fate of the continent’s other waterways, the Vjosa River is the planned home of some 36 hydropower dams, funded by international banks. Locals have expressed concerns over threats to endemic species and what may become a blighted tourism industry. Critics also say that hydropower is an outdated and expensive form of technology.
Much Better Adventures, a tour company with an eye towards sustainability, runs trips to Albania – to raise awareness of the battle to save the Vjosa, they’ve created the short film below. Check it out.