Laguna Humedal de Cartagena, Chile






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Name of organisation

Programa Recuperacion Laguna Estuario y Estero commune of Cartagena

Funding support

Municipality of Cartagena

Number of staff


Number of visitors per year

21624 people visited us in 2015

Overall aims of the centre

To conserve, preserve, research and use the Wetland as pedagogical material.

Description of the centre

100758 m2 enclosed, protected signposted more than 300000 thousand meters protected through municipal ordinances.

Habitat types; Dunes, lagoon estuary, estuary and coastal environment.
We have bird species such as; Coscoroba swan, black-necked swan, black-necked swan, perrito, pilpilen, trile, cahuil gull, tagua, tagua, tagua chica, tagua de frente roja, taguita, pato jergon chico, pato jergon grande, pato colorado, duck frog, spoon duck, queltehue, Dominican gull, picurios, hualas, yeco, little egret, great egret, cuca heron, huairavos, sietecolores, dancer, tijeral, sparrow, chercan, chincol, school, Chilean swallow, black-backed swallow, black-backed swallow, red-headed jack, dancer, peuco, kestrel, kestrel, tiuque, pimpollo, blanquillo, gull garumas, boobies and some migratory birds such as the curlew, franklin's gull, South American gull, elegant gull, sandpipers and we have been visited by some species such as the swamp crow, pintail duck, Chilean flamingo, becasinas.
We also have some species of fish such as silversides, mullets and gambucia. Some species of reptiles such as the Chilean lizard, African frog and finally two species of mammals such as the coypu and the olive-spotted mouse.
As a centre we celebrate some environmental events such as; "Wetlands Day", "Birds Day", "World Water Day" and "Cartagena Wetland Lagoon Photo Contest".
Taxonomy, samples of eggs of some species of the place, Bird watching

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Informative talks are given to all our visitors so that they know the basic rules to conserve a wetland, guided tours, observation of species, and dissemination campaigns, work with different educational levels in order to raise awareness of the value of an urban wetland.

Top three successes

We have increased our visits from 17,000 to almost 22,000 visits per year. Improvements in infrastructure, extension of the protected area, being declared a National Protected Asset.

Top three challenges

We have to consider that environmental projects are not short-lived, and to see results they have to be maintained over time, to maintain, improve and grow are our greatest strengths.


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Engaging young people; Engaging the local community

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools;  Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Alexis Antonio Vargas Vera,

Casanova 210,



contact phone Humedal de Cartagena +56959088486


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