Lagunas y Esteros del Iberá

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Lagunas y Esteros del Iberá

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    24,550 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    28°31'S 57°09'W
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Lagunas y Esteros del Iberá, located in Corrientes Province in the north-east of the country, is part of the Iberá macrosystem, a catchment area of ​​approximately 1.3 million hectares. The Site covers an area of 24,550 hectares and consist of lagoons, permanent freshwater pools and marshlands. It supports a high biological diversity including South American species such as the yellow cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata), categorized as endangered, the vulnerable marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) and fish species such as the dorado (Salminus brasiliensis). The Site is a source of subsistence for Guaraní nomadic communities that live exclusively on the resources which it provides. Since its designation as a Wetland of International Importance, there has been a significant increase in the influx of tourists, which now constitutes the main economic activity in the area. However, this may present a potential threat without effective regulation.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Monumento Natural (especies de fauna silvestre)
    • Parque Provincial - ParqueProvincial Iberá
    • Reserva Natural - Reserva Natural del Iberá
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