European Project linking Black Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea criticised by Environmental Organisation

17 March 2020

Proposed canal connecting Baltic ,North and Black Sea

Environmental organisations from across central and Eastern Europe have criticised a major project intending to link three rivers and provide seamless navigation between three of Europe’s peripheral seas.

Proposed Project:

  • The Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal intends to connect the Danube, Oder and Elbe rivers and thus provide another navigable link from the Black Sea to the North and Baltic Seas.
  • Environmental organisations from Germany, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria, are calling for the project to be halted.

Objections to the project:

  • This major project, costing at least 23 billion euros, fundamentally violates EU environmental and nature conservation directives.
  • The project, if constructed, would destroy the region’s river landscapes
  • The European Commission  needs to ensure that the project be excluded from EU funding, and not be included as part of the Trans-European Transport Network.
  • Several hundred kilometres of artificial waterways and 70 locks would need to be constructed.
  • The acceleration the of flood waves resulting from the construction of numerous locks, will diminish flood protection and increase flood risks further.
  • The canal would also result in a great loss of biodiversity, as these areas are  a safe haven to Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats, for birds as well as other animal and plant species.

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