Guardian highlights absurd plans for Siarzewo dam


An article published in The Guardian today, highlights the devastating impacts of this planned dam on the Vistula river in Poland. The Polish government is moving forward despite warnings from scientists, non-governmental organizations and society as a whole. Poland wants to build a new dam on the country’s largest river next to the village of … Read more

E40 waterway not part of EU’s transport roadmap

Railway tracks

The European Commission recently released their proposal for Europe’s roadmap for future transport. The so-called trans-European transport network (TEN-T) policy doesn’t include the planned E40 waterway route, recognizing its high costs and environmental impacts. Instead, the focus is on multimodality, high-speed rail and climate-proof projects. The TEN-T Regulation aims to build an effective, EU-wide and … Read more

Polish poet runs ultra-marathon for the Vistula river

Post_Poland_Malgozata Lebda run

This autumn, Polish poet and runner Małgorzata Lebda successfully completed a 1,000 kilometer-long run – 26 marathons – along the Vistula to draw attention to the state of the river and the threats it faces. Starting the run along the river’s headwaters in the mountains close to the border with the Czech Republic, she finished … Read more

Siarzewo Dam – threat to Vistula river returns

The barrage at Staustufe Straubing, Bavaria, Germany. © Daniel Rosengren

In Poland, the threat of the Siarzewo Dam on the Vistula River returns following this week’s changes to Poland’s Ministry of Climate and Environment and a ruling by the Provincial Administrative Court that allows the project to continue under ‘immediate implementation’ status. In August, the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michał Kurtyka revoked the … Read more

Ukraine’s water transport strategy documents under review

Container ship at the Ukrainian port of Odessa

Experts of the Save Polesia coalition believe that the recently released Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the “Strategy for the Development of Inland Water Transport of Ukraine until 2031 and the action plan for its implementation” contains a number of miscalculations. On September 17, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine published the SEA report of … Read more

Top economic media in Belarus reports E40 waterway not viable


A recent article in the Belarusian economic newspaper, Economic Gazeta (Экономическая Газета), condemns government plans to increase budgetary support for water transport in the country and the construction of the E40 waterway along Polesia’s rivers. The economic newspaper quotes the call from Belarusian business associations to recognize the fact that rivers and canals have lost … Read more

Polish Minister revokes environmental consent for Siarzewo Dam, a key part of the E40 waterway


The environmental go-ahead for the project to construct the Siarzewo Dam on the Vistula River has been revoked by the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka. Non-governmental organisations, forming part of the Polish Save the Rivers Coalition have been pushing for several years for the Ministry to reassess the environmental consent for the … Read more

Ukraine court denies case against Pripyat dredging


A long and discouraging process highlights the near-impossible challenge for civil society to lodge complaints against violations of Ukraine’s environmental laws. Since spring 2020, the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU) – a partner of the Save Polesia coalition –  have been battling to challenge the Ukrainian laws that were broken during the first steps … Read more

Movie “River Sisters”: Polish women stand against E40 waterway


Polish women take a stand against the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Vistula river, which would be a key step towards the proposed E40 waterway. The inspiring movie ‘River Sisters’ by Cecylia Malik reports on the activities of a group of Polish women to protect one of Central Europe’s least impacted large rivers … Read more