Saving Salina Ulcinj

A Bird Paradise under Threat

The Ulcinj Salina, in the extreme south of Montenegro, is one of the most important wetland areas in the Balkans. The significance of these salt pans for migratory birds is commonly compared with that of London Heathrow Airport for its air traffic. And the Salina is indeed a hub for bird migration along the Adriatic Flyway. Thousands of wading and water birds rest there each year in the spring and autumn and refuel for the rest of their energy-sapping flight. Moreover as a breeding site the Ulcinj Salina is of great importance. 

However, this avian Eldorado is under threat. The salina has become a target of speculation for investors who are out to make a fast buck. There are plans to convert the site into a tourist resort including luxury hotels and golf courses. Thanks to the many years of commitment of EuroNatur and many partners the Ulcinj Salina was declared a Nature Park in June 2019 and a Ramsar site in July 2019. Local EuroNatur partners CZIP and Martin Schneider Jacoby Association (MSJA) had been instrumental in reaching this goal. Besides them more than 110.000 people signed our international petition. Together with many locals they say: Save Ulcinj Salina from mass tourism! This public pressure is not only effective, but also an encouraging sign of solidarity. 

Now it’s about setting the course for revitalizing the saline. The Nature Park logo must not become a fig leaf for the government. 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.

At the same time, the legal situation is confused: In a rather opaque process the Salina was privatised in 2005, but, ever since then, its ownership has still not been legally established.

What is clear is that the quality of the area for birds has declined in recent years. After salt production was stopped in 2013, the infrastructure of the Salina has been decaying and the dams have been deteriorating. Areas are being flooded with fresh water, causing the Salina to lose its attractiveness for bird species with an affinity for salt water.

 

EuroNatur and its local partner organisations are fighting for the preservation of the Ulcinj Salina with the #SaveSalina Campaign. You, too, can help us in our fight to save this jewel  on the Adriatic coast by signing the petition for the protection of Ulcinj Salina here: https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/save-ulcinj-salina-for-nature-and-people


The Endangered Treasure of Ulcinj

By clicking on the preview image, a video from an external source is integrated. This will transfer your IP address to the external server. Further details can be found in our privacy policy.

Current situation of the Ulcinj Salina

Download (585 KB)

Conclusions of the 4th Conference Salina Ulcinj

Download (276 KB)

Ulcinj Salina - Image brochure

Download (9 MB)

Visitor's map of Ulcinj Salina

Download (4 MB)

How you can help

Donation

Everybody should know what’s going on in Ulcinj Salina. With your donation you support the campaign team to make some noise – For salt. For birds. For people.

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