Pantanos de Villa, Peru






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Organisation name

Pantanos de Villa Municipal Authority

Financial support

Metropolitan Municipality of Lima

Number of staff


Number of visitors each year



Environmental education


Public nature area


Description of the centre

1.- Size of the site: The Pantanos de Villa Recreation and Environmental Education Centre will be 240m2 in size. It is located within the Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge in Lima, Peru, and will have a cafeteria, video room, viewing ramp, interactive games room, information panels, parking.

Habitat type: This natural area is part of the wetland system of international importance, as a feeding, breeding, sheltering, resting and refuge area for resident and migratory birds of the American continent, which cover vast areas from North America to South America, high Andean lagoons and the Amazon.

Monitoring has recorded 206 species of birds, 47 of these species are resident and 159 are migratory, the most important being: Actitis macularia "Spotted Sandpiper", Anas platyrynchus "Green-headed Duck", Caladris mauri "Western Sandpiper", Falco peregrinus "Peregrine Falcon", Egretta tricolor "tricolour heron", Haemantopus ater "Black Oystercatcher", Larus atricilla "Central American Gull", Larus pipixcan "Franklin's Gull", Limnodromus griseus "Migratory Sandpiper", Phalaropus tricolor "Wilson's Phalaropod", Pluviales squatarola "Arctic Plover", Sterna hirundinacea "South American Gull", Gringa flavipes "Lesser Yellowlegs" and Tyrannus tyrannus "Migratory Flycatcher".

Organised activities: The activities organised in the natural area are: forestation, environmental education talks, puppet shows, exhibitions on Pantanos de Villa and its biodiversity, training in bird watching and nature guiding, among others.

Visitors: Pantanos de Villa receives 35,000 visitors a year. This year we will exceed this figure.

Location of the centre: Av. Hernando Lavalle s/n, District of Chorrillos, Department of Lima- Peru


Work areas

Main CEPA activities

Environmental education talks to schools. Meetings with the community as part of the Management Committee's Work Plan, forestation campaigns, clean-up campaigns, tourist trail rehabilitation campaigns. Communications plan for the dissemination of activities in local and national media and social networks.

Three main achievements

1.- Youth volunteer programme 'Soy Lima', Pantanos de Villa. This programme belongs to the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima. Until June 2014, 268 young volunteers from different universities in the country were trained in environmental education and management of protected natural areas. With this programme, the young people achieve an exchange and mutual learning between interpersonal development, scientific knowledge and tourism. They also carry out awareness-raising activities, solidarity actions and achieve a social commitment, contributing to the conservation of Pantanos de Villa.

2.- Monitoring with citizen participation: With this good practice of public management, it has been possible to implement a system of environmental monitoring with citizen participation in which the following participate: park rangers of the National Service of Natural Protected Areas, officials of the Municipal Authority of Pantanos de Villa - PROHVILLA, competent public officials, representatives, ecological police and the local population. This involves an effort to ensure the conservation of the Pantanos de Villa through surveillance, prevention and reduction of environmental impacts.

3.- High level of governance: Since 2011, the management of the natural area has been unified through an administration agreement between the national government (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado - SERNANP) and the local government (the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima). With this, it was possible to implement the mechanisms, instruments and resources to encourage and promote the conservation of biological biodiversity, environmental protection and the sustainable development of the natural resources of the Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge.

Three main challenges

Each natural area has its own characteristics and it is very important to know the problems in order to be able to implement actions and projects that help to improve them. The exchange of experiences is important but will only be successful if they are implemented according to the needs and circumstances of each area.


Areas of Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails;

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


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

Education and communication

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


Running effective administration



Daniel Fernando Valle Basto


Cellular: 987666619.

Shirley Larissa Meléndez Calderón.

Mobile: 958031194.

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