Conservation of Nature

The coastal lagoons of Uruguay are part of a system of wetlands that spread from the country’s eastern seaboard to southeast Brazil.
The Foundation focuses on coastal lagoons because we aspire to preserve their 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, 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

Public Policies
and Governance

Conservation Program

Environmental Awareness Programme

and the sea

The Coastal Lagoons of Uruguay

Laguna José Ignacio

The smallest of our coastal lagoons, with an area of 1500 hectares, it is located in the department of Maldonado, a few kilometres from the tourist hotspot José Ignacio. It exhibits a variety of habitats, mainly wetlands and grasslands, and is well-known for the diversity of its bird life.

Laguna Garzón

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

Laguna de Rocha

This 7.300-hectare lagoon is recognised nationally and internationally as significant for conservation, particularly with regard to shorebird populations. A national protected area since 2010 and a Ramsar site since 2015, it is also separated from the ocean by a fragile sandbar.

Laguna de Castillos

Declared a Refuge for Fauna by decree 266/1966, it was designated as a national protected area in February 2020. 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 an unusual landscape.

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.