02 July 2019 - The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro has nominated Ulcinj Salina as a Ramsar Site, and after the recognition, the Salina will become the third site designated as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) in Montenegro.
This decision came after Ulcinj Salina was declared a protected area - Nature Park, at the session of the Municipal Assembly of Ulcinj, held on June 24, 2019, on behalf of the Government of Montenegro.
According to the results of the Protection Study, which was made during the proclamation process for the Nature Park, Ulcinj Salina fulfils 6 of the 9 criteria for listing under the Convention on the Wetlands of International Importance, reports Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro.
The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism has filled out the Ramsar Information Sheet for the candidacy of Ulcinj Salina for the Ramsar Site in order to submit it to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat will consider the information provided on the Information Sheet, after which it will publicly announce the proclamation of the Ulcinj Salina as Ramsar Site and include Ulcinj Salina on the list of wetlands of international importance.
The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90% of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”. The Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.
Under the “three pillars” of the Convention, the Contracting Parties commit to working towards the wise use of all their wetlands, designating suitable wetlands for the list of Wetlands of International Importance (the “Ramsar List”) and ensuring their effective management and cooperate internationally on transboundary wetlands, shared wetland systems and shared species.
The convention came into force in Montenegro on 3 June 2006. Montenegro currently has 2 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 20,150 hectares: National Park Skadar Lake, which was enlisted in Ramsar list in 1995 and Tivat “Solila” registered in 2013.