Montenegro: Ulcinj Salina – the value of money or the value of nature?
Is it too late?
In a promotion leaflet Eurofond explains that “the owner plans to replace existing technology with modern equipment for salt production. Such a transformation will enable the creation of a resort”. The plans include reducing salt production facilities to one-fifth of the site (about 300 hectares) and “adding-up” aquaculture, agricultural production, zone for rest and recreation, golf course, marina, hotels, restaurants, bars, banks, shopping, spa, wellness, vinearies, taverns, etc.
Civil society acts
Massive protests took place in 2011 when plans for construction became public. Proposals to declare Ulcinj Salina a protected area and a wetland of international importance were prepared – both cancelled by the government. Meanwhile Eurofond declared bankruptcy of the saline and started a lawsuit to gain full ownership rights that would allow construction.