Llanquihue: City of Wetlands
Llanquihue is located by the lake of the same name and on both sides of the Maullin River source. In addition to this extraordinary geographical condition, the city is immersed within a complex and highly biodiverse hydric system in which at least 70 species of birds, 6 amphibians, 5 bats and 129 vegetation species are found, 37% of which are native. The hydric system is composed of lagoons, estuaries and wetlands. However, the historical transformations and dynamics of the city have overlooked its natural value and ecological functions and missed out an opportunity to include ecosystem services in the city development.
The natural heritage properties of the city of Llanquihue is a source of opportunities to solve different problems deeply affecting the quality of life of the Llanquihue citizens, such as deficient rainwater evacuation, lack of green areas, existence of micro garbage dumps and illegal dumps within the city, among others. Since 2016, Legado Chile Foundation has been developing the “Llanquihue, City of Wetlands” program, which aim is to promote sustainability and nature conservation through a citizen participation process towards recovering urban ecosystems. A program is a long-term work plan aiming at improving the ecological status of conservation objects in a given geographical area.