Our movement was born and grew out through a series of international conferences organized by a group of researchers, from a variety of disciplines. The Samos Symposium (1999) was followed by the Conferences of Santorini (2006), Merida (2009) and Seville (2012).
We are mainly engineers, biologists and ecologists who strongly believe that current Solar Saltworks are valuable, constructed wetlands, increasingly important for microbial biodiversity and wild avifauna on the planet. Their unique production process consists of two interacting processes; the physical and the biological which offer remarkable scientific research opportunities.
The biological and physical characteristics and the sustainability of current Solar Saltworks needs been more investigated and more work is required in order to identify their wetland function and optimize salt production.
The Solar Saltworks wetland function, combined with the historical and cultural value of salt, offers many additional ways to exploit them. Indicatevely, the environmental exploitation (ecotourism, bird watchers, salt museums), the use of brines and mud deposits for therapeutic baths and the exploitation of high commercial value by-products.
Current Solar Saltworks are ideal to serve as environmental education sites for the younger generations.
The establishment of liaisons between all the people who share our views on Solar Saltworks is the key tool to meet our objectives more effectively.