Stage victory for nature conservation: Ulcinj Salina becomes Nature Park

++ Saltern in Montenegro finally receives protection ++ EuroNatur Foundation has been fighting 15 years for this important migratory bird area ++

Benefit from the Nature Park designation: Flamingos in Ulcinj Salina. © Peter Sackl

Radolfzell, Ulcinj.  Good news for migratory birds: The Ulcinj Salina  in Southern Montenegro has been declared a Nature Park and thus received protected area status for the first time in history. This has been an important goal for the work of Radolfzell-based EuroNatur Foundation for 15 years already. “Perseverance finally pays off”, says EuroNatur CEO Gabriel Schwaderer. “The town council’s decision offers the opportunity to really preserve and revitalize the saline. It has been a long struggle up to this day.”

After months of debates, the town council of Ulcinj designated the saline a Nature Park on Monday, 24th of June. Local EuroNatur partners CZIP and Martin Schneider Jacoby Association (MSJA), named after a former EuroNatur executive, had been instrumental in reaching this goal.

“This victory for nature is a unique example of people struggling for birds, these incredible and fragile creatures. Against all pushback, against spatial planning, investors’ desires, industry and bare figures. However, we are well aware that this only means legal protection, while it’s still a long way to go to reach factual protection,” comments Jovana Janjušević, CZIP, on the stage victory.

One year ago, EuroNatur, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, CZIP, and MSJA launched an international petition, because the Montenegrin government in spite of repeated promises had failed to implement any measure to protect the saline. More than 110.000 people signed the petition and public pressure on the government of Montenegro mounted.

In addition, the EU made protection of this Adriatic saltern a precondition for Montenegro’s accession. This is another result of the long-term work of conservation organisations. “We will closely track the further development,” affirms Gabriel Schwaderer. “The Nature Park logo must not become a fig leaf for the government. Now it’s about setting the course for revitalizing the saline. There has been much destruction in recent years. In addition, a management plan must be drawn up in order to preserve the area in the long term.”

Ulcinj Salina is one of the most important wetlands on the Adriatic coast and a crucial resting site for tens of thousands of water birds on their migration – but only if the saline is working.

Background information:

  • The area of Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro, which is part of the Bojana-Buna estuary, spans about 1,500 hectares. It is one of the largest salines in the Mediterranean and one of the most important resting, breeding and wintering sites for migratory birds along the eastern Adriatic coast.

Contact:
EuroNatur: Anja Arning, anja.arning(at)euronatur.org, phone +49 7732 927213
CZIP: Jovana Janjušević, jovana.czip(at)gmail.com, phone +382 20 272 051

 

 

How you can help

Donation

Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.

Newsletter

Twice a month, EuroNatur provides you with the latest campaign and project information about Europe's natural heritage free of charge and at first hand.

News

New loggings and fires threaten the Domogled National Park

Tree felling is intruding further and further into the forest wilderness of the Domogled National Park at Valea Cernei in the southern Carpathian...

The European Green Belt: Nature conservation connects neighbours

++ The fall of the Berlin Wall marks the birth of the European Green Belt ++ Nature conservation along the former Iron Curtain as a Central European...

Murders in Romania's virgin forests shock public opinion

EuroNatur and Agent Green: Romania must intensify fight against mafia and corruption in forestry sector

ECJ Judgement: No Relaxation of Protection for Wolves

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has placed very tight constraints on the granting of permits allowing wolves to be shot. In their ruling on 10...

“Brave women of Kruščica” receive EuroNatur Award 2019

++ EuroNatur Award goes to dedicated river conservationists from Bosnia-Herzegovina ++ Dam boom threatens the last wild rivers of our continent ++

Another victory for free-flowing rivers inside Mavrovo National Park

++ Construction permits for two hydropower plants annulled after supervision by construction inspectorate ++

New figures: More wolf packs in Western Poland

++ Results of wolf monitoring show at least 95 settled packs ++ Sudetes are also wolf territory again ++

Romania: New inventory reveals huge and threatened natural forest treasure

EuroNatur and Agent Green: Europe must halt forest destruction in Romania

New report: hydropower subsidies wreak environmental havoc and line influential pockets in the Western Balkans

Disproportionate public subsidies for small hydropower in the Western Balkans have resulted in widespread environmental damage and have benefited...

Bridge blocked - river saved - honoured with EuroNatur Award

++ EuroNatur Award 2019 goes to the “brave women of Kruščica" ++ Bridge occupied for over 500 days to block construction of hydropower plants ++ Award...

Ulcinj Salina is now a Ramsar site

We were delighted that, after years of delay, Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro was declared a natural park at the end of June. Now the saltpans on the...

EU-Commission urged to protect Europe's last natural forests from illegal logging

Environmental organisations EuroNatur, Agent Green and ClientEarth have advanced their fight against illegal logging of old-growth and primeval...

Remembering, reviewing and looking ahead: 30 years breakdown of the Iron Curtain

Impulse for a big project: European Green Belt should become UNESCO-world heritage

Power lines: Fatal for migratory birds

++ Autumn migration has begun ++ Overhead powerlines cause the death of millions of migratory birds worldwide ++ International campaign to protect...

“Brave Women of Kruščica” honoured for river protection

++ River conservationists from Bosnia-Herzegovina receive EuroNatur Award 2019 ++ Energy companies want to exploit the last wild rivers of Europe, but...

By using our services, you agree that we use cookies. Data protection