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Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina : the Guarani aquifer initiative for transboundary groundwater management (Inglês)

This case profile provides a summary and vision of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Guarani Aquifer Program for groundwater resource sustainability and environmental protection which is valued at US $26.7 million with 50 percent from GEF. The project was launched in May 2003 by the nations of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay & Uruguay under the supervision of the World Bank, coordination of the Organization of American States (OAS) and with support of the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA). Groundwater Management Advisory Team (GWMATE) has been involved throughout the detailed project preparation process (which commenced in May 2000) and continues to provide services in support of project implementation, with special reference to (a) the evaluation of regional aquifer development and management issues; (b) the promotion of sustainable management and protection measures for groundwater at local level through a series of four pilot aquifer management projects; and (c) the application of the existing legal and institutional framework to deliver effective transboundary groundwater management in the two international pilot projects. The factual information in this case profile is a synthesis from a wide range of sources, and the academic institutions of the region have figured prominently in local data collection to date.

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