“By restoring coastal wetlands, we can protect our people”

 

The new management plan to restore the Ulcinj Salina, developed with local stakeholders, offers an inspiring example to restore other wetlands in Montenegro.

 

50%

of Mediterranean wetlands have been destroyed in the last 50 years.

150 million

people live in Mediterranean coastal areas.

Why we need to restore our wetlands

“A wetland is distinct ecosystem that is flooded by water, either permanently or seasonally. This includes lagoons, marshes, salinas, swamps, etc”

Moreover, wetlands provide key environmental services, such as:

carbon sequestration

water purification

water for agriculture

food production

Preventing floods and sea level rise to protect local economies

In coastal municipalities, wetlands are essential to protect the population against floods, erosion and natural disasters.

The pioneering experience of Ulcinj

Reviving Ulcinj Salina

 

Ulcinj Salina is a Ramsar site and one of the most important stopovers for migrating birds in Europe. Built in the 1930s, the salina once provided valuable income for local communities; but in 2013 salt production was stopped and the salt basins were left to dry out. In response, an international #SaveSalina campaign was launched, aiming to drive actions at local, regional and international levels to save and restore this unique coastal wetland in the Adriatic.

Discover the achievements of other Mediterranean municipalities

Laguna di Venezia

In Laguna di Venezia, the creation of 220 ha of new wetlands is already mitigating flood risks with increased water storage capacity of some 1,800,000 m3.

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Camargue

In Camargue, France, a restoration programme has saved public funds of between €13 – €17 million for reconstructing dikes, €7-€24 million for the construction of groins, and at least €800,000 in annual maintenance.

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Albufera de Valencia

In Albufera de Valencia, Spain, the economic value of the ecosystem services provided in one restored area has been estimated at more than €20 million.

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Montenegro’s political commitments to the Paris Agreement and Ramsar Convention on Wetlands represent a unique opportunity to recover wetlands while contributing to economic development.

What can you do to restore a wetland in your region?

Do you know of a wetland in your area that could be restored?

In Montenegro, some of these wetlands are waiting to be restored

Contact the Wetland-based Solutions team

Would you like to know where to start? Our policy expert Marianne Courouble will be pleased to advise you on the first steps to plan your restoration activities.

Wetland-Based Solutions is a free-to-access resource and information platform put together by expert scientists, analysts and specialist organisations to assist decision-makers and managers in protecting and restoring these fragile and yet vital ecosystems