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TABILO-VALDIVIESO, Elier  y  CHAVEZ-VILLAVICENCIO, César. Perception of Caleta El Toro community on the resources of the mouth of Limarí River (Chile) and their contribution to becoming a Ramsar Site. Arnaldoa [online]. 2021, vol.28, n.2, pp.397-408. ISSN 1815-8242.

Wetlands are the most threatened ecosystems in the world, in coastal areas they disappear at a higher rate than other ecosystems. On the South American Pacific coast, there are important wetlands for the ecosystem services they provide to local communities. One of the threatened Chilean coastal wetlands corresponds to the mouth of the Limari River, whose ecosystem services are valued by the inhabitants of Caleta El Toro. For this reason, it was considered important to know the perception of the inhabitants of Caleta El Toro regarding the wetland and their willingness to organize to contribute to the creation and administration of a Ramsar Site. Between March 2015 and December 2016, key actors were identified and semi-in-depth personal interviews and two workshops were carried out applying semi-structured questionnaires. A chronological line was established on the socio-environmental aspects of the inhabitants in relation to the wetland between the beginning of 1970 and 2018. The change in perception about the use of resources was verified, from the importance for fishing and its sale in the local markets, going through the thought of resource depletion, to a vision of touristic use, beyond fishing or algae extraction. The residents perceived the wetland as vital to them, contributed to the management of the state authorities and achieved the recognition of the mouth of the Limari River as a 16th Ramsar Site.

Palabras clave : Extinction; Fishermen; Socioecological; Tourism; Wetlands.

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