Save Sinjajevina’s Nature and Local Communities!

EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement; and the Ministry of the Defense of Montenegro

• Ensuring the removal of the military training ground in Sinjajevina in a legally binding manner.
• Creating a protected area in Sinjajevina co-designed and co-governed by local communities.

Sinjajevina is the Balkans’ biggest mountain grassland and a place of outstanding beauty. It is used by more than 250 families of farmers and nearly 2,000 people. Many of its pastures are governed communally by eight different Montenegrin tribes, and the Sinjajevina plateau is part of the Tara Canyon Biosphere Reserve at the same time as it is bordered by two UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Nature and local communities in danger
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 and promotion 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 EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, is leading those conversations.

Saving Sinjajevina is a #MissionPossible
The local people have put their bodies in the way and prevented military exercises on their land -- an amazing victory! The movement was awarded the War Abolisher of 2021 Award. But they need our help to make their success permanent and end all efforts to build a NATO military base or training area in Montenegro. Please sign the petition!

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To: EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement; and the Ministry of the Defense of Montenegro
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Stand with the local communities of Sinjajevina and the ecosystems they preserve and:
• Ensure the removal of the military training ground in Sinjajevina in a legally binding manner.
• Create a protected area in Sinjajevina co-designed and co-governed by local communities