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Humedales Orientales de Chiloé

Site Facts

Country, State, Province/Region:

Chile, Province of Chiloé

Relative Location:

Eastern coast of Chiloé Island, on the Pacific Coast of southern Chile

Latitude/Longitude:

42º 30 'S;  73º 34' W

Category:

Hemispheric

Basis for Designation:

Hosts 40% of the world population of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)

Size:

1,900 hectares (4,695 acres)

Joined:

January 2011

Site Owner/Steward:

General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine - DIRECTEMAR (Chilean Navy)

Site Partners:

Center for the Study and Conservation of Natural Heritage (CECPAN)

Human Population within 100 km:

40,000

Contact:

Jorge Valenzuela
Center for the Study and Conservation of Natural Heritage
info@cecpan.org
www.cecpan.org

Admiral Ricardo Böke Friederichs
Director of Maritime Interests and the Aquatic Environment
rboke@directemar.cl
www.directemar.cl

 About Us

Each year, the Humedales Orientales de Chiloé provides critical wintering habitat for several species of migratory shorebirds traveling a more than 30,000-km round trip. The site’s dozen wetlands, located on the Island of Chiloé in southern Chile, comprise a total of 1,900 hectares scattered throughout the picturesque landscape and support 27% of the global population of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica) and 99% of this species’ Pacific Coast population. The wetlands also support 61% of the Pacific Coast population of Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus). Both species breed in North America and are considered of “high conservation concern” in the Americas.


Hudsonian Godwits (Limosa haemastica) in Caulín wetland on Chiloé Island, Chile / Courtesy of Diego Luna Quevedo.

In January 2011, the WHSRN Hemispheric Council designated Humedales Orientales de Chiloé as a WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance. This wetland system is located in the Lake Region of Chiloé Province, and includes the Municipalities of Dalcahue, Quinchao, Curaco de Velez, and Castro. The area contains 10 wetlands—Curacao, Pullao, Chullec, Rilán, San Juan, Castro, Putemún, Teguel, Nercón and Quinchao—. The WHSRN designation is the result of work led by the Center for the Study and Conservation of Natural Heritage (CECPAN by its Spanish acronym), with the valuable support of various local, provincial, and regional stakeholders who, as a whole, made it possible to realize this important achievement for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats in Chiloé. Partners include municipalities, jurisdictional public service entities, and Regional government institutions, along with neighborhood associations, local groups, federations, schools, and educational establishments, among others.


The plan outlines specific shorebird conservation and research actions needed on the island.

A coalition of national and international organizations is currently implementing the Chiloé Migratory Shorebird Conservation Plan, developed with support from the Packard Foundation. The coalition includes CECPAN, the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, and Conservación Marina (Marine Conservation). Guided by the Conservation Plan and in coordination with decision makers and local communities, partners will implement various activities such as a social marketing campaign, festivals and fairs, programs to strengthen local capacity and education, good governance workshops, initiatives that connect conservation with local development, and monitoring of shorebird populations in the area.

 

In the News

Conserving Shorebirds on Chiloé Island through Social Marketing

Understanding Shorebird Foraging Areas on Chiloé Island

Advancing Chiloé’s Shorebird Plan

TURISMO RURAL: VEA EL PASO DEL PÁJARO ZARAPITO POR LA COSTA DE CHILOÉ

Ecology & Conservation

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Special Information

In March 2011, partners had a ceremony in the city of Castro, Chile, to formalize the designation of the Humedales Orientales de Chiloé WHSRN Site with mayors, regional authorities, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and local and international guests.

The area is under the administration of the Ministry of National Defense - Secretary of the Navy. Therefore, it is not possible to establish private property within the area. The site is managed by Admiral Ricardo Böke Friederichs, Director of Maritime Interests and Aquatic Environment, General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine-DIRECTEMAR (Chilean Navy).

The letter of institutional commitment, a criterion for WHSRN, was signed by Admiral Friederichs, accompanied by letters of commitment from the four mayors who have jurisdiction over the area. Additionally, a total of 30 letters were submitted from various public, private, and community institutions, along with adjacent property owners to the area—all in support of the WHSRN designation.

This designation is the result of work led by the Center for the Study and Conservation of Natural Heritage (CECPAN by its Spanish acronym), with the valuable support of various local, provincial, and regional stakeholders who, as a whole, made it possible to realize this important achievement for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats in Chiloé. Partners include municipalities, jurisdictional public service entities, and Regional government institutions, along with neighborhood associations, local groups, federations, schools, and educational establishments, among others.

 

Contact

Jorge Valenzuela
Center for the Study and Conservation of Natural Heritage
info@cecpan.org
www.cecpan.org

Admiral Ricardo Böke Friederichs
Director of Maritime Interests and the Aquatic Environment
rboke@directemar.cl
www.directemar.cl

 

Additional Resources

Soap opera "Marea Alta"

Centro de Interpretación y Avistamiento de Aves Bahía Pullao

“Zarapito en vuelo” newsletter

Testimonies from the Good Governance Course in Chiloé

Chilean media coverage of the WHSRN designation (in Spanish):

La Estrella de Chiloé - Crónica (PDF, p. 3)

La Estrella de Chiloé - online version

Sustentable - the online portal for the environment

The Labor and Environment Observatory of Chile (OLACH, by its Spanish acronym)