- Families of Sinjajevina’s urge the Montenegrin Government to respect their rights and create a new decree law, cancelling the previous one in 2019, which officially inaugurated the military training ground in Sinja(je)vina.
- They claim for the creation of a protected area designed and governed with their full participation, as with their traditional pastoral activity, they are the main guarantors of these ecosystems and unique landscapes.
- Pedrag Puletic (video below), herb collector and beekeper, highlights the value of the Sinjajevina’s water and herb ressources that are being threatened by the military camp installation.
Sinjajevina’s rich ecology and outstanding landscapes is not only a product of nature. It is also the inherited and cumulated work of pastoralist activities over Sinjajevina’s rich ecology and outstanding landscapes is not only a product of nature. It is also the inherited and cumulated work of pastoralist activities over millennia. Indeed, this area represents an increasingly rare symbiosis between human societies and the environment in Europe, and it stands as a marvelous example of sustainable development and cultural resilience for the world as a whole.
These complex ecosystems with their unique bio-cultural diversity exist because of the thoughtful use and concerted governance by local communities through generations. The ecosystem itself has been molded by – and fully depends on – the wisdom and traditional knowledge of these communities.
“The farmers we have on the basis of our customary law, the right to use katuns located on the common lands of Sinjajevina, which are today property registered in the name of the State”.At Sinjajevina’s inhabitants meeting.
The people of Sinjajevina know there is no place for the pollution and toxic chemicals of military weapons in a biodiversity hotspot that at the same time is their home and feeds them and their animals. They know there is no place for CO2 emitting fighter jets in an unspoilt nature. “It could have cancer effects and destroy our traditional herb remedies”, complained Puletic.