Ulcinj Salina in Montenegro receives protection status

24 June 2019 can be marked as a key date for conservation in Montenegro: after many months of debate, the town council of Ulcinj has given the Ulcinj Salina in Southern Montenegro the status of Nature Park. This excellent news means that the salina is now a protected area.

The salina is a 15 square kilometer former salt works that offers a unique wetland habitat for many species and is one of the most important stops for thousands of migratory birds on the Adriatic Flyway. Of the 250 bird species occurring in the salina, such as Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), many even breed in this beautiful salt pan.

For 15 years, EuroNatur Foundation and the Center for Protection and Research of birds of Montenegro (CZIP), with support of MAVA, have worked to get the Ulcinj Salina protected. Three years ago, they were joined by three other NGOs (BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, Tour du Valat and MSJA) and launched the #SaveSalina campaign. Finally, one year ago, the NGO alliance launched an international petition aiming to protect the site legally and improve its management. More than 110,000 people from Montenegro and other parts of the world signed the petition and public pressure on the government of Montenegro mounted. In addition, the EU had made the protection of Ulcinj Salina a precondition for Montenegro’s accession to the EU.

This protection status is the result of long-term work of the NGO alliance who will now focus on ensuring that a proper management and financial plan are established so as to ensure the permanent protection and conservation of Ulcinj Salina.

Click here to learn more about Ulcinj Salina and here to read more about MAVA’s action plan to conserve coastal wetlands in the Mediterranean basin.

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