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Location Panama, Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé
Central coordinates 81o 43.00' West  8o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 11,460 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Sociedad Audubon de Panamá

Site description This area consists of extensive freshwater wetlands on the Chiriquí Lagoon and the base of the Valiente Peninsula.

Key Biodiversity Threatened and near-threatened species reported for the area include Harpy Eagle, Great Curassow, and Three-wattled Bellbird, although only Great Curassow may reach thresholds. Three of the 11 species of EBA 019 (27%) have been reported from the area (Lattice-tailed Trogon, Snowy Cotinga, and Sulphur-rumped Tanager. Since it is likely that Black-crowned Antpitta also occurs, this site probably also qualifies under A2. The site is along the major route of migratory raptors through Bocas del Toro, and almost certainly exceeds A4i levels for these species.

Non-bird biodiversity: West Indian Manatee occurs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Curassow Crax rubra breeding  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  A1  Vulnerable 
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi winter  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera winter  2006  50-249 individuals  poor  A1  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Humedales de Damani Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 11,460 is identical to site 11,460  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   major
Forest Mangrove  major
Wetlands (inland)   major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor
fisheries/aquaculture minor

Protection status This site has recently been designated a protected area as a Humedal de Importancia Internacional by ANAM.

References Alonzo, R., R. Cádiz, M. L. Enríquez, A. Gómez, J. Latín, M. T. Narváez, I Sandoval, and F. Villatoro. 2004. Flora, Fauna, y Aspectos Sociales de la Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, Panamá. Programa Regional en Manejo de Vida Silvstre para Mesoamérica y el Caribe, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Damani Wetlands. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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