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 hemispheric and austral birds, aquatic and terrestrial mammals, reptiles and various amphibians, as well as a diversity of aquatic flora, scrubland and sclerophyllous-deciduous forest, orchids, etc...

Activities of diffusion and promotion of the value of the natural heritage through the projects that we can execute with the channelled funds.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

The objective of promoting and valuing the natural heritage of the Maule Coast is approached with CEPA activity proposals, which are proposed through communication, education and awareness-raising in 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

Articulation for political advocacy: Denouncing the mining project: Expulsion of the extractivist impulse of dunes. (2014).

Declaration of the Putú dunes and wetlands as a Nature Sanctuary (2018) and elaboration of a Management Plan for the SN.

Development of materials and facilities to promote the characteristics, uses and benefits of dunes and wetlands in Putú.

Realisation of 8 versions of the Encuentro Abraza Tu Tierra, which takes place the first weekend of February in Putú, adhering to the World Wetlands Day - Ramsar,

Top three challenges

Establish conservation actions established in the SN Management Plan.

Continue with the Abraza Tu Tierra Meeting every February and the ideas of environmental education and awareness-raising about wetlands.

Strengthen environmental management on the Maule coast, specifically related to the coastal edge; dunes and wetlands.


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
Vaquería s/n, Putú , region del Maule, Chile
+56 9 81992211


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