Save Polesia Petition handed over to European Parliament  – EU to investigate Siarzewo barrier decision making

Petition handed over to European Parliament. Wouter Langhout (Save Polesia) and Marek Elas (OTOP – BirdLife Poland) in Brussels

On 22nd of January, we presented the petition against Siarzewo dam and the E40 waterway at the PETI Committee’s monthly hearing in Brussels. The petition by Wemove, Avaaz and the Save Polesia partnership was signed by more than 143 000 people. What is the issue? The Vistula – the Queen of the Polish rivers – … Read more

New report: Siarzewo barrage is a real threat for habitats and species

The Vistula river. Photo by Marek Elas

A new report that shows the devastating impact of E40 waterway on birds, natural habitats and water-dependent species in Poland was published on 2nd of October 2023. The report was prepared at the request of Save Polesia partner OTOP (BirdLife Poland). Despite being aware of the disastrous consequences of the E40 project, the Polish government … Read more

New study: how to unlock the potential of rail freight transport between Poland and Ukraine

Percentage share of containers in transport performance [tkm] of all transported goods for various types of transport. (Bayer et. al. 2021, CCNR report).

The study published by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank in July 2023 suggests developing a backbone of European 1435 mm wide railways on key railway lines between Poland and Ukraine. This means that ideas about E40 waterway connecting the Baltic and Black seas have become even more redundant. The study is part of … Read more

Polish NGOs complain to European Commission about obsolete dams

Włocławek dam

Polish NGOs have submitted a complaint to the European Commission pointing out that huge, old dams on Polish rivers have never been studied for their impact on people and nature. This violates EU law. What is the issue? NGOs, ClientEarth Lawyers for the Earth, Save Polesia partner OTOP (BirdLife Poland) and Greenmind Foundation, have filed … Read more

Polish musician crosses the whole country in a wooden boat

Vistula river. Photo by Tomasz Pezold

On the 1st of May, Polish musician and activist Michał Zygmunt finished his 1,300 km expedition in a traditional wooden boat. The main patron of the boat trip across Poland was OTOP – BirdLife Poland, one of the Save Polesia partners. The cruise is a promotion of rivers, conscious learning and discovering their values and character, says … Read more

Polish protest against Siarzewo dam

Protest against Siarzewo dam in Warsaw 14th March 2023. (c) Małgorzata Kaznowska-Filipek

An ironic “birthday-party” with a dam-cake was held in Warsaw opposite the Ministry of Climate and Environment on 14th March 2023, the International day of action for rivers.  The Polish “Save the Rivers” Coalition gathered people to protest against the construction of Siarzewo dam on the Vistula river. The partygoers demanded immediate consideration of NGO … Read more

Draft report on EU’s transport roadmap published

Draft report on EU’s transport roadmap published

A draft report on the EU Transport Roadmap suggests that unsustainable projects will not receive EU funding. However, certain loopholes in the strategy need to first be closed to avoid devastating environmental impacts by proposed transport projects in the EU. Last week, on the 10th of October 2022, a draft report on the Trans-European Transport … Read more

E40 waterway would destroy biodiversity hotspots and key protected areas, says new report

Bug river. Photo by Magdalena Oksańska

Save Polesia Partnership’s stark warning: abandon E40 waterway megaproject or vital wetlands, grasslands, forests, and mires across Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine face catastrophe. A controversial megaproject that aims to connect the Baltic and Black seas via a 2000km-long navigable shipping channel through Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine – known as the E40 inland waterway – would be … Read more

New economic report indicates E40 waterway would operate at massive loss

Sinking boats in Polesia

A new economic analysis reveals that the planned E40 waterway would operate at a severe economic loss in the long-term, even under optimistic scenarios.    Published on World Wetlands Day, the economic analysis by the Netherlands-based consultancy Langhout Ecologisch Advies lays bare severe implications from the construction of the E40 waterway. The planned megaproject would … Read more