Los Humedales de Montecristi y la Línea Noroeste

Laguna Salada, en los Conucos de Montecristi, presencia d especies de anatidas y playeros.
Presencia de la especie de Liguus virgineus, en la parte terrestre de la Laguna Saladilla.
Vista del Morro, esta forma es lo que da nombre al P.N el Morro.
Individuos de Ornychoprion fuscatus en Cayo Tuna, Montecristi.
Manglares en los Caños de Montecristi
Especies de Pelecanus occidentalis

Los Humedales de Montecristi y la Línea Noroeste

  • Country: 
    Dominican Republic
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    84,322.2 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    19°47'N 71°37'W
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The Site is composed of several protected areas and associated wetlands such as the Montecristi Underwater National Park, the Buen Hombre wetlands, the Cayos Siete Hermanos Wildlife Refuge, the Estero Balsa mangrove area and the Saladilla Lagoon. It encompasses a range of ecosystems including lagoons, mangroves, marshes, estuaries, swamps, dry shrub forests and coral reefs. In addition, the Site is home to a large proportion of the most representative coral reefs of the Dominican Republic. It hosts a considerable population of threatened marine turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata and Chelonia mydas). Moreover, four important bird species use the site for breeding (Anous stolidus, Onychoprion fuscatus, Thalasseus sandvicensis and Onychoprion anaethetus). The Site supplies the local communities with fresh water and food, and supports flood control, groundwater recharge and climate change mitigation. Both the coral reefs and mangroves in the area support a local fishery that provides a livelihood for many of the local people. The major threats that affect the Site’s ecological character are channelization and river regulation, proliferation of invasive species, the lack of garbage and solid waste management, agricultural and forestry effluents, and droughts.

Administrative region: 
Region Noroeste (Provincias; MonteCristi, Dajabon y Puerto Plata)

  • National legal designation: 
    • Categoria II - Parque Nacional El Morro
    • Categoria II - Parque Nacional La Hispaniola
    • Categoría II A - Parque Nacional Estero Balsa
    • Categoría II B - Parque Nacional Submarino Montecristi
    • Categoría IV - Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cayos Siete Hermanos
    • Categoría IV A - Refugio de Vida Silvestre Laguna Saladilla
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