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Delta del Estero Real

Site Facts

Country, State, Province/Region:

Nicaragua, Chinandega

Relative Location:

On the southern side of the Gulf of Fonseca

Latitude/Longitude:

12°56’22.17’’N ; 87°26’55.74’’W

Category:

International

Basis for Designation:

More than 10% of the biogeographic population of Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia).

Size:

7,650 hectares

Joined:

April 2016

Site Owner/Steward:

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Republic of Nicaragua

Site Partners:

Human Population within 100 km:

900,000

Contact:

Juana Argeñal Sandoval
Minister
Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources

About Us

Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) in the pools of the shrimp farms adjacent to the Delta del Estero Real WHSRN site.
Photo by M.G. Morehouse

Coastal wetlands of Central America provide vital stopover sites and wintering habitat for shorebird species such as Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), and Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla). Among the critical sites for these and other many shorebird species is Delta del Estero Real, located within the Gulf of Fonseca in the department of Chinandega, Nicaragua. Its designation as a WHSRN Site of International Importance comes from its hosting more than 10% of the biogeographic population of Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia), making this the first WHSRN site in Nicaragua and the second in Central America. The area is primarily an intertidal mudflat and marsh with a strong tidal influence, surrounded by extensive mangrove forests, shrimp farms, and small fishing villages.

The appointment of this new WHSRN site was made possible by the commitment and coordinated work between the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA) headed by the Minister Argeñal Juana Sandoval and Quetzalli Nicaragua, led by biologist Salvadora Morales.

In the News

Assessing Two Important Shorebird Sites in Central America May 20, 2015

Good Governance and Conservation Agreements in Central America July 16, 2015

Ecology & Conservation

Delta del Estero Real has suffered some habitat loss or degradation from a variety of threats, including resource extraction, climate change (longer, more severe drought/rain cycles), and pollution from agricultural and domestic sources. Despite this, site partners generally felt that the overall ecological condition of the Delta is good, and that local authorities and surrounding communities are supportive of natural resource conservation.

 
Map of the Delta del Estero Real WHSRN site

Contact

 

Juana Argeñal Sandoval
Minister
Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources

Salvadora Morales
Executive Director
Quetalli Nicaragua