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Poopo (Pampa Aullagas)

General Information

Description Poopo Lake is downstream from Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and Peru and is a terminal lake.
Country Bolivia
Latitude -18° 55' 0" (-18.9167)
Longitude -67° 0' 0" (-67.0000)


 Latin America & Mexico Biodiversity Conservation Priorities

Physical Characteristics

Description Lago Poopo includes both permanent saline and intermittent saline lake habitats. In very wet years Lake Poopó is connected by the Laca Jahuira River with the Coipasa Salt Marsh, which lies at an altitude of 3 657 m. The Desaguadero River links Lake Titicaca to lakes Urur Uru and Poopo. Those lakes are at 3,686 m above sea level.
Surface Area 3,191.00 km2
Origin Tectonic
Type Saline


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description The Chilean flamingo is very abundant in the salt pans of Lake Poopo.
Designations Ramsar Site
WWF Conservation Status Priority III
Species of Concern


Lake Titicaca Binational Autonomous Authority


Management issues in the Lake Titicaca and Lake Poopo system: Importance of developing a water budget  Agenda. Final. Lakes and Reservoirs- Research and Management. 9/1/2004.


Bolivian Legislation on the Commission for Integrated Water Resources Management
Freshwater Biodiversity of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Conservation Assessment
ILEC Database
Management issues in the Lake TIticaca and Lake Poopo system: Importance of developing a water budget
Projects funded under the Ramsar Small Grants Fund, 1991-2000


2/25/2003 - Bolivia completes RAMSAR project at Lake Poopo to slow mercury

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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