Humedales Costeros de la Bahía Tongoy

Humedal Salinas Chica
Humedal Salinas Chica
Humedal Pachingo
Humedal Salinas Chica
Humedales de Tongoy
Humedal Salinas Grande
Humedal Salinas Chica
Humedal Salinas Chica

Humedales Costeros de la Bahía Tongoy

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    259 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    30°17'S 71°32'W
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Bahía de Tongoy is located within the biodiversity hotspot of the Mediterranean region of central Chile. It comprises three coastal wetlands – Salinas Chica, Salinas Grande and Pachingo – as well as dune and plains ecosystems. At the regional level, the Site is part of a series of wetlands in arid areas that serve as a refuge and feeding site for more than 46 locally and internationally threatened species, including the Atacama toad (Rhinella atacamensis), as well as numerous migratory birds from both north and south. The Site provides important ecosystem services for nearby human communities; in addition to providing water for agriculture and goat livestock, it is supporting the early development of ecological tourism.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • Bien Nacional Protegido (BNP) mediante declaración excenta N°417 del 28/09/2007 del Ministerio de Bienes Nacionales - Humedales de Tongoy
    • Santuario de la Naturaleza mediante Decreto Supremo N°2 del 05-01-2018 del Ministerio del Medio Ambiente - Humedales de Tongoy
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