Lagoons Foundation Coastal lagoons are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth. Their beauty, fragility and the array of ecosystemic services they provide make them a natural priority for conservation. Coastal Laguna de Rocha Another lagoon that is part of the wetland system located on the Eastern seaboard of Uruguay, Laguna de Rocha is vast, and yearly welcomes thousands of migratory birds. Laguna Garzón A singularly diverse lagoon with very marked ecosystems – wetlands, grasslands, dunes, psamophyle scrub and native forests compose the landscapes that surround it. Laguna José Ignacio A beautiful lagoon of lesser size than its neighbours, the José Ignacio lagoon is located at a short distance from the seaside resort from which it takes its name. Laguna de Castillos This large lagoon is unusual in that its connection to the ocean is through a canal, Arroyo Valizas, that runs for 10 kilometres before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

Conservation of Nature

The coastal lagoons of Uruguay are part of a system that spreads from the country’s eastern seaboard to southeast Brazil.
We focus on coastal lagoons because we aspire to preserve the great biodiversity, natural beauty and array of ecosystemic services of these unique areas for future generations.
These singular ecosystems, where the intermingling of fresh and salt water results in a wide biodiversity, also play an important role in carbon sequestration. They act as buffers against the intensity of the ocean, reducing the impact of floods and attenuating droughts. They are highly productive areas, and sustain important economic activities like fisheries and tourism.
Their conservation, and that of their land and coastal areas, is a priority for the survival of hundreds of species – including ours.

Current Programmes



Environmental Awareness Programme


The Coastal Lagoons of Uruguay

Laguna José Ignacio

This is the smallest of our lagoons, with an area of 1400 hectares. It is located in the department of Maldonado, a few kilometres from the seaside resort of the same name. It exhibits a variety of habitats, mainly wetlands and grasslands, and is well-known for the diversity of its bird life.

Laguna Garzón

Laguna Garzón is a highly diverse environment with beaches, sand dunes, small lagoons, wetlands, forests and grasslands. In 2014 it was designated as a national protected area. A fragile sandbar separates it from the ocean, which opens several times a year, both natural and artificially.

Laguna de Rocha

With a 7.200 hectare area, it is recognised nationally and internationally as important for conservation. It is a Ramsar site and a national protected area since 2010. This lagoon is also separated from the ocean by a fragile sandbar, which opens either naturally or artificially.

Laguna de Castillos

Declared a Refuge for Fauna by decree 266/1966, it will soon be designated as a national protected area. This lagoon is singular in that it is connected to the ocean by a canal, the Arroyo Valizas, which gives it a unique configuration and landscape among the Uruguayan lagoons.

Flora and Fauna

Our lagoons are home to a wide variety of native species, some of them endemic. These ecosystems are ideal breeding spots for fish and crustaceans, and also where the best preserved remnants of psamophile scrub are found. They are valuable birdwatching sites, as the varied ecosystems found around the lagoons provide refuge and food to very diverse species, some of them the largest and most beautiful that can be observed in our country.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the conservation and restoration of coastal lagoons and their adjacent land and sea areas by means of environmental education, research and awareness raising.

Our Values

Our work is inspired by respect, integrity and optimism. We value the diversity of life on the planet as a whole. We promote transparency and the active participation of the community in decision-making processes. We recognise community identity as a tool for development, and respect the diversity of our cultures, talents and experiences.

Our Vision

We envision healthy and prosperous communities, living in a harmonious relationship with their natural environment, the stewardship of which they are committed to.