At tonight’s meeting of the EPP 's board members for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, during the debate on the ˝Convention on the protection and use of trans boundary waterways and international lakes˝. Dubravka Šuica raised the issue of the Neretva River, who’s delta is in Croatia, and its source in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
˝There are various environmental problems as excessive land reclamation, which threatens draining all wetlands, salinization of the river, rather salinization of the riverbed due to dams in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and summertime fires which are a result. Five upstream hydropower plants on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina cause great harm to the water state.
˝The respective dams retain water and sediment, causing frequent flooding in winter and lack of water in the summer. This results in reducing the number of bird, fish and plant resources, and increased winds from the continent are causing climate change˝, stressed Šuica. The pinnacle of this topic will be reached in November at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg when the launch of the ratification of the UN Convention in all Member States is anticipated.