IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Habitantes del agua: El complejo lagunar de la Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta

Listed author(s):
  • María Aguilera Díaz


El complejo lagunar de la ecorregión Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, ubicado al norte de Colombia, es de gran importancia ecológica y económica, pues los humedales y bosques de mangle permiten la reproducción de peces, crustáceos y moluscos y son refugio de aves migratorias y nativas y de otras especies de fauna. La apertura de canales, la desecación de ciénagas menores y, principalmente, la construcción de la vía Barranquilla- Ciénaga, afectaron este ecosistema ocasionando la pérdida de gran parte de sus bosques de manglar. El objetivo de este estudio es determinar el potencial ecológico y económico del complejo lagunar y caracterizar la población que habita dentro de sus ciénagas. Se encontró que los complejos lagunares son de gran productividad, pero la producción pesquera está en riesgo de sobreexplotación por el incremento de pescadores y la captura por debajo de la talla media de madurez sexual. Además, los habitantes de los pueblos de palafitos tienen ingresos bajos y necesidades básicas insatisfechas. ABSTRACT: The lagoons in the ecoregion of the Cienaga Grande of Santa Marta are of great ecological and economic importance, since wetlands and mangrove forests allow the reproduction of fish, crustaceans and mollusks and host native and migratory birds and other wildlife species. The opening of canals, the draining of minor swamps and mainly, the construction of the Barranquilla-Cienaga road, affected the ecosystem causing the loss of much of its mangrove forests. The aim of this study is to determine the ecological and economic potential of the lagoon system and the characteristics of the human population living within its marshes. The lagoon complex is highly productive, but fish production is at risk of overexploitation because of the increase of fishermen and the catching of fish below the mean size of maturity. In addition, the villagers, which inhabit stilt houses in the lagoon, have low incomes and unattended basic needs.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no


in new window

Length: 0
Date of creation: 09 May 2011
Handle: RePEc:col:000102:008543
Contact details of provider:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:col:000102:008543. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Banco De La República - Economía Regional)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.