Comments on biodiversity management plan and ecological assessment for Ombla hydropower plant, Croatia
Policy comments | 19 April 2013
Croatian electricity company HEP, carried out an assessment of the planned Ombla hydropower plant‘s impact on the Vilina Cave – Ombla Spring protected area. This assessment confirms that the site in question is among the most diverse such habitats in the country and that the construction of the power plant would have irreversible and long-lasting impacts on an area that set for protection as part of Croatia’s future Natura 2000 network. Yet, rather than stopping the project, the assessment concludes that it will go on, garnished with some almost laughable ‘mitigation measures’.