Hydro Developments on the Vjosa River, Albania

IISD is in advanced discussions with local authorities and Eco Albania on a SAVi assessment for two large hydropower assets that are being built on the Vjosa River, which is Europe’s last free flowing river. These assets involve the Kalivaç project of 111 megawatts (MW) and the Poçem project of 102 MW. Stakeholders are concerned that these projects are causing unacceptable levels of environmental and social damage to the river and its surroundings.

The objective of the SAVi assessment would be to calculate: the costs of environmental, social and economic risks; the costs of externalities, including damage to the ecosystem; and the difference between these costs and those incurred from other alternative, low-carbon energy investments.