Name of organisation
Kennedy Foundation for Wetland Conservation
Chilean-British University of Culture, application for public funds for projects and support from wetland neighbours.
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
Overall aims of the centre
To conserve Chile's wetlands through CEPA activities and through conservation projects.
Description of the centre
Generally, these are coastal wetlands biogeographically located in threatened Mediterranean climate sectors, as they are close to urban areas and tourist sites.
We have worked constantly in the following wetlands in the Valparaíso region: El Membrillo Wetland, Mirasol Ravine, Zapallar Lagoon, El Peral Lagoon, Vega de Pupuya and Quebrada de Córdova. The activities we carry out are related to involving the communities and valuing the wetlands for their conservation. We work with local schools, local, regional and national authorities, raising awareness through informative and participatory workshops, reforestation of degraded areas, educational workshops, guided visits and tours through the protected wetlands.
Main CEPA work area
We work mainly with schools and local governments, especially with the Environment Departments of the Municipalities. Workshops and training for the formation of local wetland guides, artistic works in wetlands, field trips with students and teachers, joint work with other entities and civil society organisations, among others.
Top three successes
The awarding of Environmental Protection Funds from the Ministry of the Environment for the execution of 5 projects, proof of the confidence of the authorities in the work of the Foundation, together with the awarding of the international Blue Water fund from the Royal Bank of Canada for the recovery of the Laguna El Peral Nature Sanctuary.
The successful nomination of Parque Andino Juncal as the 12th Ramsar Site in our country, in May 2010.
Access to the public and media agenda to promote the protection of the environment and in particular water and wetlands.
Top three challenges
The main challenge has been to continue working hard to achieve our objectives without always being able to count on financial resources. We have learned to be creative and to work through networks and in partnership with others to achieve maximum benefits from our projects, even when money may not be enough.
Creating signage; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails
Managing / creating habitat; Building / maintaining structures
Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Adult education; Work with primary schools; Lobbying / campaigning for causes; Work with secondary schools; Develop teaching resources / materials
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
Las Lavandulas 10976, Las Condes Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 02 2156280
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