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Wastewater treatment collector in Botun, Montenegro

The citizens of Botun have been opposing construction of a collector for wastewater from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.


The project of urban wastewater drainage and treatment from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica includes construction of a collector on the river Morača in village Botun, Zeta region. Since 2005, when the first information on the project was released by the Parliament of Podgrica, the residents of Botun, Golubovci and other nearby villages in Zeta region start fighting against it. Botun residents believe the collector would include both air and water pollution that would negatively impact the neighboring agricultural field and local settlements just 200 m away from the proposed location. The residents pointed out they have already been struggling against the pollution from the nearby Aluminum Plant Podgorica. The local residents suggested choosing another location for the collector. They pointed out that the project did not count with EIA study and expressed their fear the project would use obsolete technology.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Wastewater treatment collector in Botun, Montenegro
State or province:Zeta region
Location of conflict:Botun
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Water treatment and access to sanitation (access to sewage)
Specific commodities:Water
Waste water
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The wastewater treatment plant is planned for around 100,000 citizens of Podgorica. Local people suspect more waste water will be directed in the collector from other big cities in Montenegro.

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Project area:15
Level of Investment:61,700,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:More than 1,000
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:JP “Vodovod i kanalizacija" Podgorica (VIKPG) from Montenegro - In charge of the project
Čelebić from Montenegro - Interested in construction of the collector
WTE (WTE) from Germany - Interested in construction of the collector
Relevant government actors:The Municipality of Golubovci; The Parliament of Podgorica
International and Finance InstitutionsGerman Development Bank KfW (KfW) from Germany
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Citizens of Botun; Local people from Zeta region; opposition political parties (Social Democratic Party -SDP).
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local government/political parties
Forms of mobilization:Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Public debate
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Infectious diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:Over the years residents of Botun have been fighting against construction of a wastewater collector in their village. They consider themselves excluded from the discussion and decision making on the location of the collector. The outcome of the project depends on the results of political election, since some political parties promised in their election campaign to continue fighting against the collector. As a possible solution the local authorities have suggested relocation of the local settlements, the local people find this unacceptable and asked for considering other location for the collector. The authorities consider the project of great importance for further sustainable development of Podgorica.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The project is in preparation phase. The authorities are in process of choosing the companies that would work on and invest in the collector construction. The envisaged location is at the entrance to the village Botun.
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Mugoša: Kolektor nigdje drugo osim u Zeti
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Golubovci: Opozicija i SDP protiv kolektora u Botunu
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Ne pristaju na kolektor u selu
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Nacrt PUP-a Golubovci: Kolektor će morati kroz Zetu
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Ponovo će raditi studiju za kolektor
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Presuđuju o ponudi za kolektor u Botunu
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Protestom će braniti gradnju kolektora
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Skupština glavnog grada: Uskoro tender za kolektor u Botunu
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Novi tender za kolektor u Zeti
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Tender možda do kraja godine
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Za studije 400.000 eura
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Podgorica calls tender for 45 mln euro wastewater, sludge treatment project
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„Ne” i „da” kolektoru u Botunu
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Botunjanima je dosta jedan KAP
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Contributor:Jovanka Spiric, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)
Last update25/04/2016
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