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.
- 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.