Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Patagonia Shorebird Recovery Plan

 

Shorebird Recovery Plan for Patagonia
(PDF of entire plan, 2 MB; in Spanish, with English summary)

Patagonia Action Plan 2012–2015 (PDF of section, 78 KB)


WHSRN sites in Patagonia (Red: Hemispheric Importance; Orange: International Importance) / M. Gutowski

Since September 2007, Patagonia (southern South America) has been one of three focal regions for the Shorebird Recovery Project (SRP), a program of Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Patagonia contains an expanse of habitats that serve as key wintering grounds for many species of migratory, Arctic-breeding shorebirds as well as endemics. In both cases, many of the species are threatened.  

Various sites throughout Patagonia share species considered to be high priorities for conservation on a global scale, such as the rufa subspecies of Red Knot. Recognizing the vital importance of this southernmost part of the Americas, the WHSRN Hemispheric Council has in recent years designated five sites here, three in Argentina and two in Chile. In total, they cover an area greater than 159,000 hectares of shorebird habitat.

 
Through workshops, consultation periods, and discussions with partners, key actors, and stakeholders, the SRP and its partners produced the Shorebird Recovery Plan for Patagonia! The 40-page plan outlines objectives and strategies for the effective conservation of shorebirds in this part of the world. In developing it, partners followed the Conservation Areas Planning methodology.

The priority strategies identified in the Shorebird Recovery Plan for Patagonia include actions such as institutional strengthening and training in “best practices” management; research on species’ ecology, population monitoring, and land use; solid waste management and invasive species treatment; and communication, environmental education, and the development of strategies and campaigns for social marketing.

Implementing the plan will bring about many benefits:

  • Maintain or improve the health of shorebird habitats (key conservation targets).
     
  • Prevent, reduce, or eliminate threats that are significantly degrading the health of these habitats and, in turn, the shorebird populations using them.
     
  • Strengthen the capacity of key actors and stakeholders to respond to conservation needs and opportunities.


Shorebird Recovery Plan for Patagonia

The SRP and WHSRN Executive Office at Manomet and partners in Patagonia are especially appreciative of the valuable support they received from the U.S. Forest Service-International Programs in designing the Shorebird Recovery Plan for Patagonia. Special thanks and appreciation to authors Daniel E. Blanco and Daniel Galindo Espinosa, and to editor Diego Luna Quevedo.


Shorebird Recovery Plan for Patagonia

(PDF of entire plan, 2 MB; in Spanish, with English summary)

Patagonia Action Plan 2012–2015 (PDF of section, 78 KB)


For more information, please contact Diego Luna Quevedo (diego.luna@manomet.org), Southern Cone Program Coordinator,  Shorebird Recovery Project, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; Santiago, Chile.