Demo-Site 16

Laguna de Rocha, Rocha

Pondscape description

  • Landscape area
  • 15km2
  • Number of Ponds
  • 11 so far
  • Ponds included in the stratified sampling (WP2)
  • 0
  • Pond sizes (m2)
  • 1000-10000
  • Pond depth (m)
  • 0.4 to 3.0
  • Pond age (years)
  • 10+
  • Country
  • Uruguay
  • Name of the Pondscape
  • Laguna de Rocha
  • Name of neighboring large zone town
  • Rocha
  • Bioclimatic zone
  • Subtropical/ temperate-humid
  • Land use
  • extensive grazing cattle / agriculture/ regenerative grazing cattle


NBS for mitigation/adaptation to CC that can potentially be highlighted as a best-practice at the European or CELAC scale

The ponds included in this DEMO-site were constructed for storing water for irrigation and cattle. Some ponds are used for agriculture and other ponds for extensive grazing cattle (conventional and regenerative, which is a more sustainable approach). Within the ponds used for regenerative grazing cattle, we can find different impact levels, with some ponds with restricted access to animals during different periods of time as one management approach. The producers dedicated to the regenerative grazing cattle have high interest in biodiversity conservation and environmentally friendly production practices.
The NBS associated with this DEMO-site are thus linked to productive purposes, but also with biodiversity conservation.


– Manual for pond creation by Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle and Fisheries