Leonardo DiCaprio commends Novalić’s position on the ban on the construction of SHPPs

Leonardo DiCaprio commends Novalić’s position on the ban on the construction of SHPPs

SARAJEVO, October 8 (FENA) – Environmental protection and conservation of natural resources is one of the key things that many countries in the world are struggling with, and one of the famous Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio has been engaged in activism and has been pointing out all the problems the planet is facing in this regard.

His official profiles on social networks, which have more than 45 million followers around the world, are full of statements and photos with which he tries to lobby all governments in the world to stop the destruction of nature, and this time he mentioned Bosnia and Herzegovina in a positive sense.

He has previously supported the work of the Coalition for the Protection of Rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which brings together a large number of associations and which seeks to protect BiH rivers that would be destroyed with the construction of small hydropower plants (SHPPs).

This time, DiCaprio praised the efforts of the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and especially the Prime Minister Fadil Novalić to stop the construction of small hydropower plants. Novalić said, among other things, that he personally supports non-governmental organizations dealing with environmental protection.

DiCaprio quoted Prime Minister Novalić as a big nature lover and who announced that he would always support environmental projects.

The Coalition for the Protection of BiH Rivers organized a protest in front of the FBiH Government building on September 30, again calling for an end to the destruction of rivers, and Novalić told those gathered that clean rivers are more important than energy production.

“We are perhaps the only country in the region that is energy independent, we get enough energy from other sources. We must preserve our clean rivers and pass them on to future generations as such,” Novalić said at the time, and DiCaprio posted this quote on his Instagram profile.

Dicaprio noted that “as a result of the global campaign launched last week calling on the government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to permanently protect the country’s last wild rivers from small hydropower projects and the local protests that followed, the Federation Prime Minister Mr. Fadil Novalić issued a public statement in support of the protests:

“I personally support environmental NGOs. As a great lover of nature, I will always support conservation projects. I think clean rivers are more important to us than electricity. We are probably the only country in the region that is energy independent, we get enough energy from other sources. We must keep our rivers clean and pass them on to future generations,” DiCaprio quoted Novalić in his post on Instagram.

Di Caprio added that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rivers are facing imminent destruction due to 463 small hydropower projects currently under construction or being planned.

“The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to take swift action now—like we’ve done in the United States with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act—to permanently protect the most biodiverse rivers remaining in Europe, a lifeline for local communities and many endangered species that the world otherwise risks losing,” underlined DiCaprio.

On June 23, the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Federation of BiH adopted the Declaration on the Protection of Rivers and voted on a conclusion on the complete ban on the construction of small hydropower plants (SHPPs) on the entire territory of FBiH.

The FBiH Government has been given a deadline to analyze and propose changes to the legislation to enable the ban to be implemented in practice.