Laguna Respringue

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Laguna Respringue

  • Country: 
    Costa Rica
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    75 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    10°52'N 85°51'W
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Laguna Respringue. 06/05/99; Guanacaste; 75 ha; 10°52'N 085°51'W. The only freshwater swampy lagoon on the North Pacific coast of the country, the oldest part of Central America (said to be 88-200 million years old). The vegetation is dominated by Phragmites in most of the site. It has the driest climate in the country, and the strong winds of November-March have created very high dunes, in pristine condition. The site is relatively unaffected by human activities, largely because of the difficulty of access. Excessive agricultural and timber exploitation some 30 years ago were problematic, but the site is said to be recovering well. The site is especially important for capturing sediments. Present human uses include private farms and an environmental education programme in nearby Guanacaste. Ramsar site no. 982. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • conservation area
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