Humedal del río Limarí, desde Salala hasta su desembocadura

Sitio Ramsar Limarí: Desembocadura Rio Limarí, desde Salala hasta su desembocadura, Región de Coquimbo, Chile. Vista de la amplitud del humedal, sus usos tradicionales y el contraste con su entorno semidesertico

Humedal del río Limarí, desde Salala hasta su desembocadura

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  • Area: 
    527 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    30°42'S 71°37'W
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The site is part of a network of coastal wetlands in northern Chile, which includes estuarine and shallow marine waters, the site is important for its high biodiversity, as it supports more than 130 animal and plant species. It provides habitat for endemic species including 32 plants such as the copao (Eulychnia acida) and 16 animals, including the flathead mullet (Mugil cephalus), the spotted false monitor (Callopistes maculatus), the coruro (Spalacopus cyanus) and the Atacama toad (Rhinella atacamensis), a species classified as vulnerable according to the IUCN Red List. The site is of singular ecological value as a breeding, refuge and feeding habitat for a significant number of native and migratory birds. It is also a source of food and water for the surrounding communities. However, it has suffered the pressures of deforestation, erosion, and the discharge of waste and chemical contaminants.

Administrative region: 
Región de Coquimbo

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • Parque Nacional - Parque Nacional Fray Jorge
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