Wetlands Project Competition

The foundation Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung is coordination partner of the South American Coastal Wetland Initiative and launched the 2nd project idea competition in 2021. The goal of this competition is to support local organization in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Wetlands and Shorebirds on the Arid/Semiarid Pacific Coast of South America, fostering collaboration between civil society organizations, academic institutions and decision makers in Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

The action plan was developed in 2018 in collaboration with experts from local universities, authorities, and environmental organizations of the three countries, and its implementation has already been promoted in a similar fashion through the first project competition launched in 2019. The plan defines priorities, strategies, activities, and specific objectives for wetland and shorebird conservation, and serves for networking and coordination at the regional level amongst the pertinent stakeholders. 

On the way to a new Ramsar site - Good news from our Project Competition of the Coastal Wetlands Initiative South America

Videoclip for the start of the 2. project competition

Here you can read in more detail about the winning projects of the first competition.

The 10 winning projects of the second project competition

The project proposals were evaluated by a committee of experts, and the following 10 projects were selected for funding:

Education and Environmental communication to Residents and Key Stakeholders of the Jambelí Canal, Gulf of Guayaquil 

Conducting teacher trainings on mangrove ecosystem services, the project aims to strengthen the appreciation of coastal wetlands in the upcoming generation and improve environmental education in schools. The Jambeli Canal, with its rich biodiversity, fishing grounds, and about 10,000 wading birds visiting the area annually, serves as a great example and represents the main subject of this programme.
The implementing organization is "Aves y Conservación", a renowned bird conservation organization and BirdLife partner in Ecuador, following up on a project conducted scope of the first project competition.

Strengthening the Wetlands Guardians Network: Leaders for the conservation of coastal wetlands in Peru

This project continues a programme for the formation of students and young professionals to become guardians of the coastal wetlands, conducted in the first project competition with students from the greater Lima area. This time there are more than 50 participants from the entire coast of Peru who applied to join the group and receive training to become "Wetlands Guardians" (Guardianes de los Humedales).
The NGO "Grupo-Rana" designed an interestingly structured curriculum for the participating students, incorporating leaders and past students that joined the network of the Wetlands Guardians.

Community empowerment and promotion of research for the conservation of the coastal wetlands of Viru, La Libertad, Northwest Peru

In order to promote community participation as well as research in wetlands, an updated profile of the wetlands of Viru with assessment of their ecological condition is being prepared. On the basis of this, local awareness campaigns will be carried out and scientifically orientated educational material produced and disseminated.
The project is led by the Institute of Ecology and Conservation Research ("Instituto de Investigación en Ecología y Conservación", IIECCO), where a group of young biologists have joined with the aim of raising awareness in civil society for the conservation of wetlands and to represent the community´s interest for the protection of these ecosystems.

Educational plan based on the environmental children´s tale about the coastal wetlands of the Coquimbo Region

The project aims to create awareness of the cultural and ecological value of coastal wetlands to the young generation, parents and teachers, by imparting understanding of relationship and processes in nature, as well as threats introduced by humans, in the form of a children’s tale about the coastal wetlands of the region of Coquimbo titled "La Orquesta del Humedal".
The project is hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones ("Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas”, CEAZA), where a group of artist, teachers, and scientist have started in 2020 with different education materials of this character.  

Car-free beaches: dissemination and awareness-raising actions on threats by cars in coastal wetlands

To stop motorized vehicles driving on beaches, dunes, and coastal wetlands, an awareness raising and law-enforcement campaign in coordination with the corresponding authorities is being conducted on national level. Alerts on adverse impacts of vehicles entering coastal ecosystems, legal consequences, and advice on how to report to local authorities are translated into the design of dedicated warning signs that are placed in strategical location in coordination with local authorities.
The project is conducted by the Chilean Network of Bird and Wildlife Observers ("Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile", ROC), who build solid links with relevant stakeholders through their long trajectory of work in the area of bird and crucial bird habitat conservation in Chile.

Programme for environmental strengthening, empowering neighbours, workers, and students at Bahía de Coquimbo

The benefits of wetlands, beaches, and dunes are promoted through training, workshops, outreach, monitoring, and seminars. In addition, the American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is being used as a "flagship" species in a local awareness campaign.
The Wild Bird Observation and Conservation Network ("Red de Observación y Conservación de las Aves Silvestres", RedAves) aims to raise awareness and protect Coquimbo's wild birds throughout the region.

Mantagua Wetland, where water and life flow together

This project aims to improve local capacities in schools and communities in the region of the Mantagua wetland. Topics related to ecosystem services, conservation, ecology, and environmental education are taught in trainings, workshops, and citizen science campaigns.
Momentum is a Chilean NGO made up of natural scientists who work to protect and promote natural and cultural heritage.

Local empowerment for the conservation and recovery of coastal wetlands, Province of San Antonio

This project focuses on educational and cultural events, trainings, wall paintings, and on environmental monitoring in the San Antonio wetlands. All of this is accomplished by a dedicated group of local stakeholders who collaborate as a network.
The non-profit organisation "Cordell-Ojos de Mar" is constituted of young professionals. They have become a very influential and popular group in the local community and are highly engaged in social media.

Cáhuil wetland, promoting the balance between local development and conservation of biodiversity

Conducting on-site meetings and interviews, the project investigates the relations of local people and organizations to the Cáhuil wetland. With the results educational campaigns and workshops are tailored to raise awareness and promote sustainable community development in accordance to conservation criteria.
The NGO "Biósfera" is a young organisation from Chile's O'Higgins region that focuses on community development alongside nature conservation.

Wetlands and birds of the coast of Maule

The project focuses on the provision of theoretical and practical knowledge, both inside and outside of the regular classroom, expanding learning experiences for local students, organisations, teachers, and authorities. Community and scientific outreach, environmental education for school kids, and the design and dissemination of environmental education materials are among the activities being carried out.
This project is led by the community-based NGO for the Protection and Conservation of Maule Mataquito (“Agrupación Defensa y Conservación Maule Mataquito”, ADEMA). They work to protect the coastal area between the Maule and Mataquito rivers.

Videoclip for the start of the 2. project competition