In January 2011, the WHSRN Hemispheric Council approved Humedales Orientales de Chiloé [Eastern Wetlands of Chiloé] as a WHSRN Site of Hemispheric Importance. This wetland system is located on the Island of Chiloé, in southern Chile, 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—comprising a total of 1,900 hectares (4,695 acres).
These wetlands support 40% of the world population of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica), and provide important habitat for more than 2,000 Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) from the Pacific coast population. Both shorebird species breed in North America and are of high conservation concern.
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.
Ecology & Conservation
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Pacific coast of Chile, Island of Chiloé
Insert: Eastern Wetlands of Chiloé WHSRN Site (green areas)
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
© Pablo Petracci
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.
Partners took this opportunity to launch the implementation of the “Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds in Chiloé.” The initiative was sponsored by a coalition of international organizations including The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Audubon Society, and the Shorebird Recovery Project of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Partners in this coalition are working with their national and local counterparts in Chile, including the Ministry of Environment of Chile, the Government of the Región de los Lagos, local municipalities, CECPAN, and Conservación Marina.
Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds in Chiloé (bilingual, PDF, 4MB)