Maule Mataquito Defence and Conservation Group

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Name of organisation


Funding support

Self-management/ competition fund

Number of staff


Overall aims of the centre

To value, disseminate and promote the natural heritage of the Maule coast, Chile.

Description of the centre

The main habitats are: Wetlands, grasslands, dunes, estuaries and river mouths to the Pacific Ocean. The species present in the area are abundant resident and migratory Nearctic birds, aquatic and terrestrial mammals, reptiles and various amphibians, as well as a diversity of aquatic flora, scrubland and sclerophyllous-deciduous forest. Activities to disseminate and promote the value of the natural heritage.

Working together with the regional authority of the Ministry of the Environment, local government, landowners and other offices to generate a dossier to grant a national category of protection to the Putu dunes and wetlands. Today we do not have a physical location as a Centre, but it is included in the medium-term objectives.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

The objective of promoting and valuing the natural heritage of the Maule coast is addressed through CEPA activities, which are proposed through communication, education and awareness-raising of the community. For example, leading and participating in activities to disseminate and strengthen citizenship in environmental and wetland issues for the protection and harmonious use of the dunes and wetlands of the Maule coast. Cultural activities, sports, outdoor activities, etc.

Top three successes

Development and activation of instances of promotion and dissemination of natural heritage: CARNAVAL FOR OUR EARTH - CONSTITUCIÓN / ENCUENTRO ABRAZA TU TIERRA - PUTU. Articulation for political advocacy: Citizen denouncement of environmental threats, proposal for a Nature Sanctuary, articulation for the activation of conferences. Accountability before authorities.

Top three challenges

To declare the Putu Dunes and Wetlands a Nature Sanctuary. Under national regulations of the Ministry of Environment.

Establish a citizen's environmental education and awareness programme focused on wetland biodiversity for the period 2015 - 2016.

Establish a physical location as a Museum or Centre for the valuation and dissemination of the natural heritage of the Maule coast.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information

Visitor centres

Building / maintaining structures


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Running effective administration; Fund-raising; Project planning.


Patricio Guerrero,

Arturo Prat 480,




+56 9 81992211


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