Pulling its weight

Bulgarian ministry awards ANCHOR project for hydropower impact assessment

November 10, 2017

Bulgaria’s Minister of Environment, Neno Dimov, presented the prestigious “With Care for Nature” award to the ANCHOR project for its assessment of combined hydropower impacts on ecosystems and the ecological status of rivers. The award ceremony was held on November 7, 2017, during the Closing Conference for Thematic Programmes BG02 (Integrated water management) and BG03 (Biodiversity and Ecosystems), funded by EEA Grants in Bulgaria.  

The event was attended by the Chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Environment, Ivelina Vasileva, members of the Bulgarian government, representatives of the donor countries, project beneficiaries, partner organisations and members of the media. 

“The ANCHOR project was successfully implemented by the REC in partnership with Bulgarian water authorities and the Norwegian Water Research Institute,” said Deputy Minister of Environment Atnaska Nikolova. “This is a good example of a fruitful partnership between the state administration, non-governmental organisations and research organisations.”

The ANCHOR project team not only developed a comprehensive analysis of the combined impact of hydropower on river ecosystems, but proposed a methodology for the classification of watercourses according to their admissibility for the construction of hydropower plants, while also applying a common approach to sustainable hydroelectricity as defined by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). The methodology was tested in selected pilot areas for Eastern Aegean and Western Aegean river basin districts in Bulgaria, and lately integrated into the river basin management plans for 2016-2021.

Read more about the ANCHOR project here.

TAGS: Water management | Hydropower | Bulgaria | Impact assessment