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Conserve the Ocean of Lobitos by declaring it a World Surfing Reserve (WSR)
by EcoSwell (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
EcoSwell is a sustainable development NGO based in the town of Lobitos in northern Peru. We are involved in water, sanitation, productivity and employment, conservation and sustainable natural resource projects. EcoSwell is committed to the conservation of the ocean and coastal ecosystem and to guarantee the sustainable economic well being of the community at large. Our goal for SDG 14 is to declare Lobitos as a World Surfing Reserve by completing all the requirements put forth by SaveTheWaves (www.savethewaves.org) by the year 2019. This objective aligns with SDG 14.2, 14.5, 14.7.

Lobitos is an old fishing and oil town that dates back to the early 1900s. In the 1960s the oil companies were nationalized by a military government and Lobitos was turned into a military camp. Since then the town fell into disrepair and became a "ghost town". In the late 1990s and early 2000s an El NiƱo Phenomenon brought sand to the beach shores and created more than 9 world class wave breaks ideal for surfing. Since then surfers from around the world have been visiting Lobitos to surf and relax. This has created a new economy for the local inhabitants and business owners. However, this boom in tourism has brought foreign investment and growth that Lobitos was not prepared for, risking the preservation of the natural resources and beauty. EcoSwell arrived in Lobitos in July 2014 with the aim of guiding the town and all the stakeholders through a sustainable path, conserving and making sustainable use of the abundant natural resource present. By making Lobitos a World Surfing Reserve and completing all the necessary requirements, EcoSwell can ensure the conservation of the ocean and coastal ecosystem and guarantee the sustainable economic well being of the community through surf tourism.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Have 9 world class wave breaks protected and properly managed for surf tourism
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Protect the wave breaks and marine area by Peruvian Law 27280.
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Ensure the protection of the wave breaks in Lobitos for surf tourism to continue to provide economic benefit for the community
August 2018
Complete a Surfonomic study of the surfing industry in Lobitos
January 2019
Achieve the World Surfing Reserve status for the community of Lobitos
June 2017
Get legal resolution of Law 27280 approved by the Peruvian Navy
October 2016
Complete a technical study of the 9 world class surfing wave breaks of Lobitos
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
In-kind contribution
EcoSwell team is committed to ensure the success of the project through constant project management and administration of the initiative.
Staff / Technical expertise
Marine specialists, researchers, volunteers and EcoSwell team
Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 June - 2019 January
Federacin Nacional de Tabla de Peru (Civil society organization) Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (Non-governmental organization) DG Costera (private sector)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Andres Bustamante, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, andres.bustamante@ecoswell.org, +51959578765
Lobitos, Peru
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