Lake Skadar

Video diary from Wild Wonders Mission from Lake Skadar taken in Montenegro.

Lake Skadar – Wikipedia

The Montenegrin part of the lake and its surrounding area were declared a national park in 1983. It is one of the largest bird reserves in Europe, having 270 bird species, among which are some of the last pelicans in Europe, and thus popular with birders. The lake also contains habitats of seagulls and herons and is abundant in fish, especially in carp, bleak and eel.

In 1996, by Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, it was included in the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance.

Save Lake Skadar : TreeHugger

Lake Skadar petition on facebook:

“The Mora?a river provides approximately 60 per cent of water to the Lake Skadar, the biggest lake in the Balkans and a wetland of global importance under the Ramsar Convention. The lake hosts one of the most important bird and fish habitats in the Mediterranean region, providing more than 90 per cent of freshwater fish consumed in Montenegro and a winter home to some 150,000 migratory birds.

If the construction of these dams goes ahead as currently planned, the biodiversity of the Mora?a River ecosystem – not to mention hundreds of local jobs and livelihoods – would suffer a serious blow. Very rare endemic species of trout could disappear, and the fishery of Lake Skadar could shrink by 30 per cent – with a loss of some €1.5 million in annual fishing revenues.