Wetlands are essential due to the countless benefits they bring to humanity. They participate in the water cycle and are able to purify it because their vegetation removes toxic substances that come from pesticides, industrial spills and mining activities. They are places of great importance not only because they are home to a rich biological diversity of plant and animal species – birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates – but also because of the ecosystem services they fulfill. Some of them act as regulators of the water cycle and the climate: the generation of water resources for the supply of fresh water, the formation of areas for human use such as tourism and sustainable fishing, and the control of droughts and flooding such as those caused by tidal waves and sea level rise.
There are over 30,000 wetlands in Chile, with varying levels of environmental protection, including the Ramsar sites, natural reserves and/or nature sanctuaries. However, most of them lack legal protection to help them cope with the factors that threaten their conservation over time.
What do we do?
We connect people to the wetlands, through the implementation of sustainable infrastructure that allows this ecosystem to receive a certain amount of visits without running the risk of being damaged or of deterioration. Furthermore, we work with local communities around the wetlands, disseminating among them the biological and social benefits of the wetlands, and inviting them to be part of the ecological cleaning and/or restoration of some areas within the wetland.