Curaco de Vélez & Maullín






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Name of organisation

Conservación Marina

Funding support

Apoyo financiero Packard Foundation - Manomet Center - ICFC -PFF -UST

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year


Overall aims of the centre

Promote the conservation of coastal wetlands and migratory shorebirds in southern Chile.

Description of the centre

Both sites are located in central southern Chile. Curaco de Vélez on Quinchao Island in Chiloé and Maullín in the coastal area of the Lake District, Chile. Both sites total approximately 100 ha of coastal wetlands that constitute wintering habitat for boreal and austral migratory shorebirds. The main species are Limosa haemastica, Numenius phaeopus, Rhynchops niger, Phoenicopterus chilensis, Charadius modestus, Calidris alba, Triga melanoleuca, among others. Both sites support around 60% of the waterbirds recorded in Chile. Almost 90% of the Pacific population of Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa hamesatica) arrives to these wetlands for breeding and feeding every boreal winter.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Environmental outreach work on wetlands and migratory shorebirds for adults and students, seminars, lectures, continuing education in basic schools, local pride campaigns, radio programmes and preparation of public information documents.

Top three successes

Creation of local committees to give sustainability to the conservation of the sites. Implement education programmes in formal education in rural schools. Local pride campaigns to encourage the creation of local reserves.

Top three challenges

Increasing local community involvement, official protection mechanisms at local level, consolidating conservation benefits through nature-based tourism.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures


Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Developing resources / materials


PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.


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