Coastal Wetlands

Coastal wetland habitats including salt marshes and mangrove lagoons, provide countless ecosystem services essential to both people and the environment.

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Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance

Did you know Mexico has 142 Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance that help protect 21.4 million acres of wetlands?

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Tijuana River Watershed

The Tijuana River Estuary is an internationally recognized Ramsar Site and is home to a vast array of endemic and endangered species.

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Although recognized for their ecological importance on a global scale, wetlands face continuous human pressures.

WILDCOAST is working to add important layers of protection for globally important wetlands by improving management and utilizing innovative watershed-wide conservation approaches.

We are partnering with agencies in the United States and Mexico to prioritize sewage treatment, restore habitat and raise awareness.


We are protecting coastal wetlands throughout Mexico and Southern California through conservation concessions, the establishment of protected areas, management and restoration.

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To protect important wetland habitat, we work in partnership with wetland state committees in Baja California and Oaxaca, Mexico's National Commission for Natural Protected Areas, the San Diego Port Authority, Tijuana River Action Network, San Diego County lagoon managers and volunteers.

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Where We Work

Our programs utilize innovative water catchment protection strategies to protect delicate coastal wetland ecosystems in the United States and Mexico.

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Our Impact


acres of blue carbon wetlands under restoration in San Diego County


miles of salt marsh and seagrass shoreline conserved in San Quintin, Baja California


trash boom installed in the Tijuana River, which has stopped 100k lbs of debris from reaching the Tijuana Estuary + Pacific Ocean


estuaries protected as marine protected areas in California


miles of interpretive trail created around Estero La Misión in Baja California


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More of our work

Coral Reefs

Coral reefs play an important role in sustaining our oceans and global economies. WILDCOAST is working to conserve coral reefs throughout Mexico and Cuba by establishing protected areas and promoting reef stewardship and education.
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The gray whale winters and breeds in Baja’s warm, pristine coastal lagoons—an area threatened by industrial development. Together with the community, the local government and conservation groups, WILDCOAST is defending this vital shorelin
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Climate Change

As global temperatures rise, sea levels are climbing. In partnership with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas, WILDCOAST is helping conserve thousands of acres of carbon-storing mangroves in northwest Mexico.

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Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are key to healthy oceans but now face extinction. WILDCOAST is conserving sea turtles by protecting nesting beaches, addressing poaching and support local communities in sustainable practices.
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Spanning the Baja California peninsula are millions of acres of protected areas that include open ocean, rugged islands, mangrove lagoons and wilderness coastline.
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Mangroves are among the world’s greatest carbon sequestering plants, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it within their rich soils.
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From the rugged coast of Northern California to the vibrant shores of Oaxaca and across borders, the oceans connect us all. Our programs establish new marine protected areas, deter poachers and build conservation capacity in local communities.
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