Our "Wetlands Project Competition" launched

Conservation activities on the Latin American Pacific coast

The foundation Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung is coordination partner of the Latin American Coastal Wetland Initiative and launches 2021 the 2nd project idea competition. The goal of this competition is to support local organization in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Wetlands and Shorebirds on the Arid/Semiarid Pacific Coast of South America, fostering collaboration between civil society organizations, academic institutions and decision makers in Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

The action plan was developed in 2018 by us in collaboration with experts from local universities, authorities and environmental organizations in the three countries, and its implementation has already been promoted in a similar fashion through the first project competition in 2019. The plan defines priorities, strategies, activities and specific objectives for wetland and shorebird conservation and serves for networking and coordination at the regional level involving various stakeholders and local authorities.

Further information on the Coastal Wetland Initiative:  www.humedalescosteros.org



Videoclip for the start of the 2. project competition


Die winning projects of the first project competition

In the first project-idea competition, we funded together with the Lighthouse Foundation 10 project of a total of 27 proposals, which have been evaluated by an expert committee. 

Strengthening local capacity for community monitoring of shorebirds in protected mangrove areas - Ecuador

The project involves an important area of mangroves and extensive tidal flats in a large estuarine region of the Gulf of Guayaquil. Members of various local interest groups have been trained in monitoring the avifauna of the area, especially shorebirds, in order to continuously monitor the diversity and number of birds that visit the area.

"Aves y Conservación" is a national BirdLife partner with the goal of supporting the conservation of birds, their habitat and biodiversity as a whole in Ecuador.


Strengthening research, management and governance of the coastal wetlands of Pisco and San Andrés - Peru

By combining activities such as scientific fieldwork and the design and dissemination of educational materials with workshops, decision-makers and local stakeholders have been able to build knowledge and appreciation of these ecosystems and their biodiversity, and develop an environmental management plan for these wetlands.
The association "Grupo de Aves de Peru" consists of local working groups in different parts of the country dedicated to the conservation of birds in their natural habitats.


Getting to know the wetlands of Peru's north coast through local festivals

An awareness campaign through media and various festivals highlight the importance of the wetlands of the Virrilá Estuary (Piura), San José and Eten (Lambayeque) as ecosystems in need of protection.

The Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI) is a Peruvian NGO and works to promote science, disseminate knowledge about endangered species and fragile ecosystems, and carry out research and conservation activities.


The guardians of the wetlands

In this project, young people from different academic backgrounds are trained to become official "Wetland Guardians" through a specially developed training course, entailing a range of activities such as monitoring and environmental education.

The University "Científica del Sur" is one of the most important research institutes and knowledge brokers regarding coastal wetlands in Peru. Their project took an innovative approach to capacity building for research, monitoring and environmental education.


Pichilemu Coastal Wetlands: Towards their conservation

This project will involve various stakeholders in scientific fieldwork and monitoring, as well as the development of an integrated conservation plan in the Cahuil and Petrel wetlands.

The Center for Sustainable Development of Pichilemu (CEDESUS) is a local non-profit organization that promotes and supports the protection and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage around the small but tourist coastal fishing village of Pichilemu.


Renaturation and restoration of biodiversity to preserve the Mantagua wetland.

The condition of the Mantagua wetland will be improved, biodiversity will be increased, and endemic plant species particularly promoted.

The Foundation for the Integration of Natural and Cultural Heritage (FIPaNCu) brings together young professionals with a strong interest in environmental conservation who want to enhance natural and cultural heritage and connect local communities with their environment. The foundation aims to support the balance between human activities and nature.


Water in the Desert - Protection and Sustainable Management of the Wetland La Chimba, Antofagasta

This is about environmental education. A comprehensive curriculum on aquatic ecosystems and human impact is being developed for schools and government agencies.

The Kennedy Foundation focuses on wetland conservation and water protection as a vital resource. It leads conservation efforts in a number of important wetlands in Chile and actively promotes good stewardship, environmental education, research, and public awareness.


Shorebird monitoring network to protect wetlands on Chile's semi-arid coast

In conjunction with environmental education activities, studies on shorebird populations, their diet, reproduction, and nesting sites are conducted, and the main threats to their habitat identified.

The mission of the Chilean Bird and Wildlife Observers Network (ROC) is to protect birds and wildlife in Chile through research, outreach, citizen science, and environmental education by working with ornithologists and an extensive volunteer network along the Chilean coast.


E-learning course for the conservation of coastal wetlands and shorebirds

In this project, a specific e-learning course for the conservation of Chilean coastal wetlands, their use and biodiversity will be developed and disseminated with the aim of generating and sharing of information.

The Chilean Foundation "Núcleo Nativo" was created in 2015 with the aim of strengthening the bond between people and the environment and promoting socio-ecological balance. In this context, the Foundation's conceptual pillars include support for entrepreneurship amongst disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, environmental education, and the protection and restoration of the natural environment. 


Analysis and strengthening of management and governance related to coastal wetlands

The project was dedicated to the responsible management of coastal wetlands, focusing on relevant regulations in Chile, Peru and Ecuador. To this end, a comparative study of the environmental legal instruments in the three countries was carried out, which will allow for future proposals to improve the legal protection of coastal ecosystems.

The University of Nottingham-Chile is a foundation established by the British University to facilitate collaboration with partner organizations in Chile and to support developments in Chile and throughout South America.


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