Corredor Biológico Nevados de Chillán-Laguna del Laja

Is located in the northern part of the Patagonia region within the Central Chilean zone which is a global biodiversity hotspot, also characterized by an abundance of endemic species. The biological corridor connects three core areas.

Date and year of designation: 2011
Surface Area:  565.807 ha

Ecological Characteristics

Source: MAB Committee, Chile

The Nevados de Chillan and Rio Polcura sites are labelled high priority for the conservation of biodiversity in Chile due to their richness of wildlife (particularly insects) and flora, high genetic diversity and presence of huemules.

Until 1996, describing 146 species of vertebrates and 241 species of plants, this table is now obsolete since recent studies indicate that the fauna would be represented by 155 species and the floristic richness extends to 355 species.

In vertebrates, the proportion of conservation priority species in the area reaches 37%. In the case of plants, only 2.7% of all known species are considered priority for conservation, meaning a total of nine species of trees and shrubs.

The Laguna del Laja National Park was created by Supreme Decree No. 652 of June 25, 1958. This unit was the first of its kind south of Santiago, and is located in the Andes, east of the city of Los Angeles, in the Bío Region, between the slopes of the Antuco volcano, the Sierra Valley and the Laja River, between 976 and 3,585 metres above sea level. This park is under the custody and administration of the National Forestry Corporation.

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