Çamaltı Sea Saltworks is an integral part of the Gediz Delta wetlands ecosystem. Continuation of the salt production in the area is important and required for the ecological balance of the wetlands. Our company adopting the principle of “usage with protection priority” is prioritized the observation of the protection decisions and their requirements brought by international and national laws with regards to the area. It has been aimed to facilitate from the economic values which has been undergoing for centuries by increasing the contribution made to the ecological balance of the whole delta without harming the natural structure of the area.
Çamaltı Saltworks has the characteristic of being a rare and restricted source with its different but compatible values it contains and due to this characteristic it has more than one legal status within its scope. The area of saltworks which contains the İzmir Bird Paradise is subject to the provisions of “Convention on Conservation of Wetlands Internationally Significant for Water Birds Environment (International Ramsar Agreement)” published in the Official Gazette dated 17.05.1994 and numbered 21937. Our company undertakes to observe the provisions of Gediz Delta Wetland Ecosystem Management Plan and Protection of the Wetlands Regulation which are prepared in line with this.
Çamaltı Saltworks is an important wetland.
Çamaltı Saltworks is an ecosystem with a biological diversity which is complementary to the wetland characteristic of the Gediz Delta. In the area in which halophilous plants are dominant, there are 63 types of phytoplankton in Homa Fishery with 60 families, 306 types of plants belonging to 206 species.
In the observations made 289 bird species were determined and 117 of these species breed in Gediz Delta. The fact that 37 of the breeding species are waterfowls increases the importance of this delta. Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) which is one of the “endangered” species in Europe, Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) and Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus) breed in Gediz Delta. The most important species which choose the Çamaltı Saltworks as their breeding area is flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus).