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Montenegro seeks investor for Ada Bojana

Ada Island (foreground), Reserve Velipoja and the Bojana River: Protected Natural Heritage of Global Importance in Montenegro and Albania
Ada Island (foreground), Reserve Velipoja and the Bojana River: Protected Natural Heritage of Global Importance in Montenegro and Albania

The Government of Montenegro is searching for an international investor for the Ada Bojana Island in the heart of the Bojana-Buna Delta. Based on EuroNatur's rapid assessment of the ecological value in the coastal zone between Albania and Montenegro, the island is a unique virgin area and habitat for many endangered species as Logger-head Turtles, Jackal, Spoonbill, Pygmy Cormorant, Stone Curlew and Levant Sparrowhawk. As the human use has been restricted to a small area used for buildings and a part of the beach, over 90 % of the five square kilometers large islands is covered by virgin habitats as forest, marshes and dunes.

"The developer has to protect the ecological value of the Ada Island, as a unique area in the whole Mediterranean Basin. Montenegro offers a great chance to include the preservation of the virgin island into the tourism concept and to create a special offer unique in the Mediterranean", explains Dr. Martin Schneider-Jacoby, EuroNatur project manager for the Bojana-Buna Delta. Until 1990 the island was part of the Iron Curtain and only a small part was used as a famous nudist camp. In the development concept of EuroNatur for the Bojana-Buna Delta, the mouth of the river is proposed as a transboundary core zone connecting the Ada Island with the Albanian protected area Velipoja.

The tender announcement of the Government of Montenegro for ADA BOJANA includes the obligation to construct an exclusive resort complex, but also the protection of a unique nature site of international importance.

See EuroNatur-paper on Ada-Island (pdf-file, 840 kb)

See EuroNatur-map of the delta with Ada Island (pdf-file, 690 kb)

Montenegro government page with tender for a long term lease of Ada Bojana