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Help water conservation globally: Saving the Soca, Slovenia

Just had email from kayakers back home re the Soca River in Slovenia. You've probably never paddled it and it might be now that you never will :-( Please take a moment to support river access/conservation for our global fellow paddlers and send an email to the Slovene government telling them why they should seek alternative plans for the Soca river.

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Hello Paddler

A rather urgent request & a call for your action, if you please

Today at Gene17 we received the following email:

There is a bad news… the Slovenian Government wishes to accept new energy law, and this new law in its last article nr. 565 neutralizes Soča protective law from 1976 with which Soča and all its confluences are protected against any interventions. They have two projects in mind, first is on Učja river, where they plan to make a small dam. And a large dam on Soča under town Kobarid. The resulting lake would reach up to village of Srpenica and sink the most beautiful part of Soča, it would be the end of kayaking on Soča river….

SO WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

Please write protest notes to ez.mg@gov.si let them hear our NO to article nr. 565!!!!

The Soča is the cradle of kayaking in Slovenia, and its a unique river in Europe. We will NEVER let them destroy our emerald river!!!!

This needs to be sent by this Sunday, yes that’s it 24th July. This motion was tabled just before Summer recess of the Slovenian Government in the hope that it would slip under the radar
Also what can you do:

1. Send an e-mail to ez.mg@gov.si, Ministry of Economy, with request for deleting the entire Article 565. Draft text is provided below to help you with this.

2. Become a friend SaveSocaRiver community on Facebook

3. Vote against Article 565. of the proposed new Energy Act.

4. Post photos and comments in order to support our efforts.

5. Spread this initiative among your friends.

Text of LETTER OF PROTEST to Ministry of Economy:

On your web page http://www.mg.gov.si/si/zakonodaja_in_dokumenti/energetika/predlogi_pred... the proposal for a new Energy Act (EZ-1) is published for public consultation. In the Article 565. this draft proposes the cancellation of the protection status of the Soča river, as a value of natural heritage and cancellation of the protection regime, provided by the Act establishing the protected area of the river Soča and its tributaries (the Official Gazette. 7 / 76) and the Nature Conservation Act (Official Gazette. 56/99, 31/00, 119/02, 22/03, 41/04, 96/04 – UPB).

I, the undersigned, protest against the Article 565 of the draft Energy Act and am requesting that you delete the Article 565 fully from the new Energy Act proposal (EZ-1).

Name:

Surname Name:

Address:

This needs to be sent by this Sunday, yes that’s it 24th July. This motion was tabled just before Summer recess of the Slovenian Government in the hope that it would slip under the radar

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