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First impressions of Ulcinj Salina nature-based tourism projects
First pictures of the project ideas of “Nature Park Ulcinj Salina: Community- and nature-based tourism development”. Soon visitors of Ulcinj and Salina will be able to join these new experiences and taste amazing traditional foods with their local hosts. All offers are great examples of tourism designed hand in hand with nature and culture conservation.
All photos © Michael Bader / MSJA
Second Workshop “Nature Park Ulcinj Salina: Community- and nature-based tourism development”
For another weekend in December 2019 stakeholders from around Ulcinj met for a second workshop to shape up their project ideas, and to exchange experience about business planning and marketing. The first project ideas were discussed and implementation plans developed. The goal is to help extend the geographical reach and the season, working with all the unique possibilities for sustainable tourism in and around the old town, villages and the Nature Park Ulcinj Salina. These projects will go hand in hand with the conservation of the Salina´s outstanding natural treasure and will, at the same time, help improve cooperation and the community development. The ideas include sustainable tourism activities with ecological, sporty, culinary, historical and cultural focuses.
© Kirsi Hyvaerinen
“Nature Park Ulcinj Salina: Community- and nature-based tourism development”
With some of the best biodiversity in Europe, people in and around Montenegro´s youngest Nature Park Ulcinj Salina have the potential to create good-value experiences for citizens and guests. In November the #SaveSalina team started this new project which seeks to develop ecotourism products in, around and with the new protected area, in addition to other measures of nature protection. Together with the public and private sectors, with engaged and interested individuals, we aim to help form a basis for enhanced environmental accountability and socio-economic development for Ulcinj and its surroundings. We want to make and measure what matters. From November 29th to 30th a first workshop was held in Ulcinj to bring together local people, learn together about the trends, and how quality not quantity type of offers could be created – and to start to develop those new ideas. The workshop of course also included a visit to Ulcinj Salina, with lessons on modern interpretation.
© Kirsi Hyvaerinen
© Janinka Lutze
Saline Ulcinj is designated as a nature park.
Time to celebrate: The local parliament of the municipality of Ulcinj has declared Ulcinj Salina a natural park after months of discussion on Monday, June 24. This beautiful natural heritage is thus under national protection and remains as habitat for thousands of birds and other species.
We thank all who supported us over the years and made this success possible! Now we will work for a good and conservation and nature friendly management.
Overview and hiking map for the Saline Ulcinj
MSJA has created a hiking map with lots of interesting background information, directions and an overview of some of the species that can be found in the saline. Especially for visitors of the salina, the map offers great support for a discovery tour in the beautiful salt garden. The map exists in 4 languages: German, English, Montenegrin and Albanian.
The map can be downloaded here and is available free of charge in Ulcinj in many hotels and partly in the salina.
Map of Ulcinj Salina
New brochure on Salina Ulcinj published
In April a new brochure with many interesting information and images of Ulcinj Salina was published by the #SaveSalina team.
The brochure also includes a map for visitors, small species lists and many information on the history, values and former salt production of Ulicnj Salina.
You can downoad the brochure here: SALINA ULCINJ – A bird paradise and important nesting and resting site on the Adriatic Sea
© Janinka Lutze
5th International Conference on the Protection of Ulcinj Salina
On April 17, the 5th Internatioanl Conference on the Protection of Ulcinj Salina took place in Podgorica. As last year, participants were representatives from the government, embassies as well as NGOs and former salt workers. Again, the Montenegrin minister for sustainable development and tourism, Pavle Radulović, said that he is dedicated to protect Salina Ulcinj. Unfortunately, he had not kept his promise from last year´s conference on having the Salina protected until the end of 2018. This year, the Salina is still not protected and Radulović did not give any answer to questions on any time line for the protection.
More than 100.000 signatures for the protection of Ulcinj Salina!
In the afternoon of the 16th of April, we handed over almost 100.000 votes for the protection of Ulcinj Salina to the Prime Minister of Montenegro . Many thanks to all who signed the petition! This is a strong signal that puts pressure on the responsible people in Podgorica to finally act.
Happy New Year! May 2019 bring positive change for Ulcinj Salina!
Last year the Montenegrin minister for Sustainable Development and Tourism, Pavle Radulović, promised that Ulcinj Salina would be put under protection until the end of the year. Now it is 2019 and the Salina is still not protected and no steps towards a protection have been made.
But in December 2018 the negotiation chapter for environmental issues – Chapter 27 Environment and Climate change – of the negations process for the EU accession of Montenegro was opened. Within this chapter one mark is to put Ulcinj Salina under protection and we deeply hope that Montenegro will fulfil this task soon!
© Janinka Lutze
GreenDrink Meeting on the Ulcinj Salina
Every three months, the so-called GreenDrink meeting takes place in Tirana, where representatives of various institutions exchange views on sustainable development issues. In October it was about the Ulcinj Salina. Zenepa Lika, head of MSJA, and Gudrun Steinacker, former German ambassador in Montenegro, presented the area and the campaign.
EuroNatur trip to the Salina Ulcinj
In September EuroNatur organised a trip to Montenegro. For one day a group of donors, friends and members of the presidium and of the board of trustees visited the Salina Ulcinj to get an impression of the project area. The group was shocked by the history and the obvious decay of the salt works, but at the same time impressed by the beauty of the salt garden and the magnificent bird life. Several Dalmatian Pelicans and Greater Flamingos as well as numerous other bird species were sighted. We have summarized a small impression of the day in the Salina Ulcinj in this video:
© Janinka Lutze and Viviane Meyer
Bikes for tours through the Salina
MSJA was able to purchase 13 bicycles for Ulcinj Salina. The bikes are now available to visitors and located in the recently renovated bike house. At the moment the use is for free. All you need is your ID card and careful handling of the bikes.
So, let’s start and explore Ulcinj Salina!
© Viviane Meyer
Filming in the Salina
A crew from ZDF (German public television) was filming in the Salina Ulcinj the weekend from 17.-19.08.2018 to make a documentary.
Movie permiere in Ulcinj – A journey through generations
On Saturday 04.08.2018, MSJA presented the first documentary made by local people. The young artist Edina Mustafiq made a movie that explores the relations that people from different generations living in Ulcinj have to the Salina.
Opening ceremony of the exhibition
On the evening of 02.08.2018, a celebration for the opening of the exhibition “Comparison of a Giant” took place in the Old Town of Ulcinj. There was a nice opening speech with an anecdote by a former salt worker and a small concert.
Exhibition – Comparison of a giant through the lens-Ulcinj Salina
From 02.08.2018 to 06.08.2018 there will be an Exhibition in Ulcinj. The exhibition was created in collaboration with the young photographer Adrian Perovic and is now presented by MSJA.
The original title is “Comparison of a giant through the lens – Ulcinj Salina”.
The photo exhibition is a traveling exhibition and will be on display in several cities in Montenegro. The 70 pictures, including historical photos, focus on the currently closed salina.
Offspring in the Saline Ulcinj
For the first time it could be proven that the common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) hatched in the Saline Ulcinj.
At the same time, it was noticed that the nests of flamingos were flooded by heavy rain. As long as the pumping system of the saline is not running, there is no water regulation and the water levels drop and rise with the precipitation. But drought brings another danger to ground-breeding birds: Normally their nests are protected from predators such as foxes by the constant level of the water. If the saline falls dry, these predators can plunder the nests. The operation of the pumping system is extremely important to maintain the Ulcinj Saline as a resting and nesting habitat for the birds.
© Peter Sackl
hotel complex threatens waterbird paradise
On 12.06.2018 BirdLife International published this article:
Promises, promises…Yet another one broken by the Montenegrin government over Ulcinj Salina
Press release from the 12.06.2018
“Once again, high-ranking government representatives from Montenegro have broken their promises over the protection of the Ulcinj Salina, a habitat area for over 250 species of birds…” read more here
On World Migratory Bird Day (12.05.2018) there was an ornithological excursion organized by CZIP to the Saline Ulcinj. The visitors enjoyed the numerous birds, especially the breeding flamingos.
Read interesting news about the #SaveSalina campaign in the blog below.
Will the years of campaigning by EuroNatur and its partners for the placing under protection of Ulcinj Salina finally be rewarded? During the international conference, the minister responsible in the Montenegrin government confirmed the setting up of a nature reserve.
Ulcinj Salina is one of the most important resting places for migrant birds in the eastern Adriatic. In order to protect the area, EuroNatur and its local partner organisations organised the 4th International Salina Conference on 18th April 2018, in which more than 80 delegates, amongst them leading politicians, took part.
The Montenegrin minister for Sustainable Development and Tourism, Pavle Radulović, declared at the conference that the government of his country had approved the recommendation for the protection of the saltpans, and had drawn up a clear route map for the protection of the area. According to the minister’s statement, it is proposed to set up a nature reserve over the whole area of Ulcinj Salina (protected area according to IUCN category V), to restore both the salt production and the ecological viability of the area, and to run the nature reserve efficiently.
Thus, the long story of empty commitments and unkept promises around the protection of the Salina may finally have reached a happy ending. The organisers of the conference welcomed the clear promise of the minister, and, as soon as the saltpans enjoy a secure protected status, have committed themselves to supporting ecological restoration and salt exploitation. Until that point, EuroNatur and its partners will be following the next steps of the Montenegrin government with vigilance. In this spirit, a jointly drafted letter, with a summary of the outcome of the conference, has already been sent to Pavle Radulović.
Picture above: © CZIP