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Kayakers protest Balkans ‘dam tsunami’ in lake paddle

Canoeists and kayakers out on Lake Bohinj in Slovenia on April 16, 2016

More than 60 kayakers took to Slovenia’s Lake Bohinj Saturday to kick off a 35-day environmental protest over plans to build dams on rivers in six Balkan countries.

The colourful flotilla, led by Slovenian Olympic rower Rok Rozman, embarked on a 22 kilometre-(13-mile-) long paddle along the lake that will continue along the Sava Bohinjka river.

The “Stop the Dam Tsunami!” movement aims at raising awareness of the impact of dam building on the region’s waterways.

According to the Save the Blue Heart of Europe group’s website, there are plans for more than 2,700 Balkan dam projects in the coming years, including 113 dams scheduled for construction inside the region’s national parks.

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