Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Campaigning to protect migratory birds in Montenegro - Ulcinj Salina


The area of the Salina in Ulcinj is the most important resting area for migratory birds on the east Adriatic coast. It is home to millions of birds such as rare Dalmatian pelicans and spotted redshanks, is famous for its unique eco-system and the high species diversity of its fauna and flora, and is also a potential Ramsar and future Natura 2000 site.

This unique wetland habitat was in danger of being drained and converted into a complex of hotels and golf courses. As the Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation to Montenegro, I have campaigned extensively to preserve this area. In collaboration with local and international NGOs, and other EU institutions, we have made important progress towards preserving the exceptional biodiversity. Montenegro's government has funded vital works in the area which guarantee a safer habitat for the birds; it has made bird hunting illegal there and gave a political promise to protect the Salina Ulcinj.


- Wrote two letters (here and here) to the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic to call for actions to preserve the biodiversity in the Salina.

- Organised several meetings with Montenegrin and EU officials to push for the protection of the Salina.

- Made the protection of environment including the Salina Ulcinj a political priority of the European Parliament's Delegation to Montenegro.


Campaign against hunting of protected birds in Malta

Fighting against the illegal wildlife trade

Improving the protection of puppies and other pet animals

Export of live animals to non-EU countries

Ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Sustainable food production

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