The winning projects of the first project competition

In the first project-idea competition, we funded together with the Lighthouse Foundation 10 project of a total of 27 proposals, which have been evaluated by an expert committee. 

Strengthening local capacity for community monitoring of shorebirds in protected mangrove areas - Ecuador

The project involves an important area of mangroves and extensive tidal flats in a large estuarine region of the Gulf of Guayaquil. Members of various local interest groups have been trained in monitoring the avifauna of the area, especially shorebirds, in order to continuously monitor the diversity and number of birds that visit the area.

"Aves y Conservación" is a national BirdLife partner with the goal of supporting the conservation of birds, their habitat and biodiversity as a whole in Ecuador.


Strengthening research, management and governance of the coastal wetlands of Pisco and San Andrés - Peru

By combining activities such as scientific fieldwork and the design and dissemination of educational materials with workshops, decision-makers and local stakeholders have been able to build knowledge and appreciation of these ecosystems and their biodiversity, and develop an environmental management plan for these wetlands.
The association "Grupo de Aves de Peru" consists of local working groups in different parts of the country dedicated to the conservation of birds in their natural habitats.


Getting to know the wetlands of Peru's north coast through local festivals

An awareness campaign through media and various festivals highlighted the importance of the wetlands of the Virrilá Estuary (Piura), San José and Eten (Lambayeque) as ecosystems in need of protection.

The Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI) is a Peruvian NGO and works to promote science, disseminate knowledge about endangered species and fragile ecosystems, and carry out research and conservation activities.


The guardians of the wetlands

In this project, an innovative training program called "Los Guardianes de los Humedales" was developed. A group of 30 young university students and professionals from different academic backgrounds received training in theoretical and practical modules related to coastal wetlands conservation. 

The University "Científica del Sur" is one of the most important research institutes and knowledge brokers regarding coastal wetlands in Peru. Their project took an innovative approach to capacity building for research, monitoring and environmental education.


Pichilemu Coastal Wetlands: Towards their conservation

In this project an integrated conservation plan in the Cahuil and Petrel wetlands was developed. The designated NGO was responsible for the overall development of the process, especially for the involvement of relevant local stakeholders.

The Center for Sustainable Development of Pichilemu (CEDESUS) is a local non-profit organization that promotes and supports the protection and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage around the small but tourist coastal fishing village of Pichilemu.


Renaturation and restoration of biodiversity to preserve the Mantagua wetland.

To achieve a better understanding and improvement of the ecological conditions in the Mantagua wetland, work was done on two levels: Out in the field, research, monitoring, and the development of a reliable biodiversity database were conducted. The administrative side included coordination, roundtables, and the establishment of a network with local stakeholders.

The Foundation for the Integration of Natural and Cultural Heritage (FIPaNCu) brings together young professionals with a strong interest in environmental conservation who want to enhance natural and cultural heritage and connect local communities with their environment. The foundation aims to support the balance between human activities and nature.


Water in the Desert - Protection and Sustainable Management of the Wetland La Chimba, Antofagasta

The development of a comprehensive curriculum on aquatic ecosystems and human impacts for schools and government agencies was realized. For this purpose, a three-stage process was carried out: the elaboration and selection of topics, the training of teachers, and finally the application of the curriculum.

The Kennedy Foundation focuses on wetland conservation and water protection as a vital resource. It leads conservation efforts in a number of important wetlands in Chile and actively promotes good stewardship, environmental education, research, and public awareness.


Shorebird monitoring network to protect wetlands on Chile's semi-arid coast

Environmental education, shorebird population surveys, and the development of a local conservation plan were the main activities of this project. An important outcome is the establishment of a network with local stakeholders for monitoring two threatened shorebird species, the American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) and the Snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus).

The mission of the Chilean Bird and Wildlife Observers Network (ROC) is to protect birds and wildlife in Chile through research, outreach, citizen science, and environmental education by working with ornithologists and an extensive volunteer network along the Chilean coast.


E-learning course for the conservation of coastal wetlands and shorebirds

An e-learning course was developed for the protection of Chile's coastal wetlands, with the aim of imparting knowledge about the sensible use of these areas and the conservation of biodiversity. Of nearly 600 participants, 459 successfully completed the course.

The Chilean Foundation "Núcleo Nativo" was created in 2015 with the aim of strengthening the bond between people and the environment and promoting socio-ecological balance. In this context, the Foundation's conceptual pillars include support for entrepreneurship amongst disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, environmental education, and the protection and restoration of the natural environment. 


Analysis and strengthening of management and governance related to coastal wetlands

The project was dedicated to the responsible management of coastal wetlands, focusing on relevant regulations in Chile, Peru and Ecuador. To this end, a comparative study of the environmental legal instruments in the three countries was carried out, which will allow for future proposals to improve the legal protection of coastal ecosystems.

The University of Nottingham-Chile is a foundation established by the British University to facilitate collaboration with partner organizations in Chile and to support developments in Chile and throughout South America.


Further information