Saltworks revitalization expert Patris Gabano arrived to Montenegro from France to visit the Ulcinj factory, a day ahead of the fourth International Conference on the Protection of the Saltworks. Gabano successfully revitalized two Saltworks in France, owned by him, and in similar state as the one in Ulcinj. He has shown an interest in doing the same there.
“This is a wonderful place, marvellous town, with an ecosystem that is yet to be valorised. I managed to do so in France, but we must also consider all potential problems. I would not be an owner here, but there are other modes and valorisation interests, both economic and ecological,” said Gabano.
Gabano is due to meet with government representatives and the Center for Protection and Study of Birds has stated the main topic of the meeting will be to ascertain the ownership of the Saltworks land.
“I expect a more serious approach to resolving this issue, as any potential investors and activities depend on the issue of ownership. As long as that is not resolved, such visits are superfluous,” feels Jovana Janjušević from the Center.
“One simply cannot bring an investor such as Mr Gabano, get him interested, when the crucial matter of Saltworks ownership has not been resolved,” said Zenepa Lika from the Dr Martin Šnajder NGO.
The civil sector points out they have listened for too long of Saltworks protection and are waiting on the Privatization Council to determine ownership. “There is some effort on the ground, but the formal protection act is simply not there yet, so that we can all be at ease and know the Saltworks won’t be run over by megalomaniac projects with marinas, golf courses and luxury hotels,” added Janjušević.
Translated from Vijesti Online, for the original click here.