The Kalix River

Damming Europe’s Last Wild Rivers?

Major Swedish logging and power companies are urging the government to review the protection of four large rivers in the north.

They are calling for hydroelectric power projects on what are four of Europe’s last wild rivers.

Industry representatives have told Swedish Radio News that increasing demand for energy, and concern over emissions from fossil fuels, increases the need for more hydroelectric power.

The four rivers are protected both through the European Union and by Sweden’s environment legislation. Speaking on Swedish Radio Monday morning, the president of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation rejected the proposal, arguing that many rivers in the north have already been destroyed, and saying that that many eco-systems are dependent on Europe’s four last wild rivers.

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