Humedal Maquenque

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Humedal Maquenque

  • Country: 
    Costa Rica
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    59,692 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    10°40'N 84°07'W
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Humedal Maquenque. 22/05/10; Alajuela; 59,692 ha; 10°40'N 084°08'W; This new Ramsar Site is located in the northern part of Costa Rica and includes the total area of the National Wildlife Refuge Maquenque and the intermediate zone of the National Wildlife Refuge Biological Border Corridor Nicaragua-Costa Rica. The Ramsar Site consists of a lagoon complex and palustrine ecosystem distinctive of the very humid tropical ecoregion and characterized by its high biodiversity and support to endangered species such as the Lapa Verde (Ara ambigua), vulnerable species such as the Manatí (Trichechus manatus) and other important species such as the Jaguar (Panthera onca) and Pez Gaspars (Atractosteus tropicus). Furthermore, the wetland has an important hydrological value on the functioning of the surrounding basins. The main threats to this site are agricultural and forestry activities focused near the Colpachí and Manatí Lagoons. Both Protected Areas that form the Humedal Maquenque Ramsar Site have a management plan focusing on conservation activities. Ramsar Site no. 1918. Most recent RIS information: 2010.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Corredor Biológico Fronterizo Costa Rica-Nicaragua
    • Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Mixto Maquenque
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