High Andean wetlands
BirdLife International and its Partners in Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador are leading a programme to conserve and manage the wetlands of the High Andes for the mutual benefit of people and biodiversity. These wetlands are home to some of South America’s most threatened bird species, and are vital links in the chain of sites used by migratory birds which breed in North America.
The High Andean Wetlands Regional Programme has established a conservation and management network across the region, evaluated and promoted awareness of the environmental services provided by the wetlands, and involved local communities in conservation and the sustainable use of the resources the wetlands provide. In collaboration with other conservation NGOs in the region, projects have been implemented in the three BirdLife Partner countries and in Peru.
A new protected area has been declared to protect the breeding area of the Critically Endangered Hooded Grebe Podiceps gallardoi. Other protected areas have been extended; conservation action plans have been improved and implemented at key sites. New and unpublished information and expert knowledge about the importance of high Andean wetlands for migratory birds has been gathered: it has been made available to conservation practitioners throughout the region; and similar projects are being developed in Colombia and Chile.