Save Sinjajevina’s nature and local communities!
Sinjajevina is the Balkans’ biggest mountain grassland. It is home to more than 22,000 people and its pastures are used and managed communally by eight different Montenegrin tribes. The Sinjajevina-Durmitor mountain range is part of a natural park and is bordered by two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Nature and local communities in danger
But now the environment and the livelihoods of those traditional communities are in imminent danger: the Montenegrin government, supported by important NATO allies, established a military training ground in the very heart of these community lands. The government also halted a planned regional park for the protection of nature and culture, severely threatening its unique ecosystems and local communities.
European Union must stand with Sinjajevina
Montenegro wants to be part of the European Union, and Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, is leading those conversations.
With this petition, we call on the European Union and Olivér Várhelyi to:
- Stand with the local communities of Sinjajevina and the ecosystems they preserve
- Ensure the removal of the military training ground in Sinjajevina is a pre-condition for Montenegro’s EU membership
- Call on the Montenegro government to create a community protected area in Sinjajevina, in consultation with local communities
Saving Sinjajevina is a #MissionPossible.
Sign the petition now.