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Iberá Wetlands Argentina

by WCC on May 2, 2012

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Iberá Wetlands or The Esteros del Ibera is a 13,000 sq km large wetland in Argentina . It is the province of Corrientes in the north-east of the country near the border with Brazil and Paraguay. The name of marshlands comes from the Guarani , where y vera means “light water”. The area is a mixture of swamp , marsh , lakes and lagoons. Iberá Wetlands are after the Pantanal in Brazil, the largest wetland in the world.

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Ibera Wetlands

Since 1982, the Esteros del Ibera part of a protection zone, which accounts for 14% of the province of Corrientes, and thus represents the largest protected area in Argentina. The area is also one of the most important freshwater reservoirs of the continent. 245 km² are as wetlands of international importance since 2002 under the Ramsar Convention. The UNESCO is currently considering the inclusion in the World Heritage.

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Ibera Wetlands Argentina

Iberá Wetlands are known for their biodiversity, including the Neotropical otter (Lontra longicaudis), the maned wolf , the pampas deer and swamp deer . In addition to live alligators, caimans, the capybara (water hog) and about 350 bird species. In much of the area, hunting is prohibited.

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