Area Natural Protegida Laguna del Jocotal

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Area Natural Protegida Laguna del Jocotal

  • Country: 
    El Salvador
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    4,479 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    13°19'N 88°14'W
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Área Natural Protegida Laguna del Jocotal. 22/01/99; San Miguel; 4,479 ha; 13°19'50"N 088°14'54"W. The site is formed by two permanent freshwater lagoons, Laguna del Jocotal and Laguna San Juan. It is one of the best examples of freshwater flooded wetlands in the Central America Pacific that in addition to its huge biodiversity, plays an important role in flooding control and climate regulation. It stands out by its richness and diversity of migratory and resident waterbirds. It is characterized by the presence of patches of Bravaisia integerrima, commonly known as "freshwater mangrove". The system supports several threatened species, like Plectrohla guatemalensis (Critically Endangered, IUCN Red List) and Puma yagouaroundi (CITES, appendix 1), among other species locally endangered. It is partially a National Protected Area. The area of the site has been extended in 2012 from 1,571 to 4,479 hectares. Ramsar site no. 970. Most recent RIS information: 2012.

Administrative region: 
San Miguel

  • National legal designation: 
    • Área protegida de Recursos Manejados
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)