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Region 38: Patagonian Shelf

The Patagonian Shelf Regional Report »

Focal Point Co-ordinator
Mr. Alberto T. Calcagno
Instituto Argentino de Recursos Hídricos
Rodríguez Peña 158 P4 Of.: 7
C1020ADD Capital Federal
Phone/fax: (+54 11) 4317 2076 / 4826 8196
Mr Alberto T. Calcagno

  • Major intergovernmental agreements and actors
  • Action programmes, strategies, and research
  • State of the regional environment
  • GEF Projects in the region
  • Other actors and initiatives
  • GIWA Subregional Task Team

    Major intergovernmental agreements and actors

    Organisation of American States, OAS
    OAS Water Resources Programme: In conformity with the mandates of OAS member states, the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment (USDE) is engaged in several projects on transboundary water resource management in partnership with UNEP, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in major river basin of South and Central America. The Unit is the secretariat for the Inter-American Water Resources Network (IWRN) - see below - and serves on the Board of Governors of the World Water Council. USDE is also collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization to organize inter-American conference on the link between water and health.

    UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, ROLAC
    See for example
    Forum of Environmental Ministers for Latin America and the Caribbean (only in Spanish).

    UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, ECLAC
    The site of UN ECLAC comprises News; Publications; Main Studies; ECLAC Series; Research and Studies; Statistics; Projects; Library; Events; Work Programme; as well as ECLAC Headlines and Latest News.

    Rio de la Plata and Maritime Front Treaty
    Adopted in 1973, in force in 1976. The Treaty establishes a legal framework for the binational management of the water bodies. Two Commissions were set up in 1976: the Binational Technical Commission for the Maritime Front (CTMFM), and the Administrative Commission for the Rio de la Plata (CARP. These commissions are responsible for the conservation and rational use of living aquatic and marine resources and the prevention and control of pollution in the water bodies.

    Treaty on the Rio de la Plata
    The treaty was adopted in 1969 and entered into force in 1970.

    Financial institutions

    Inter-American Development Bank, IADB
    The Inter-American Development Bank, the oldest and largest regional multilateral development institution, was established in December of 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.


    Action programmes, strategies and research

    UNEP Regional Seas Programme
    The Regional Seas Programme was initiated in 1974 as a global programme implemented through regional components. The Regional Seas Programme is UNEP's main framework in the field of the coastal and marine environment. It includes 14 regions and three partner seas, involves more than 140 coastal states, and focuses on sustainable development of coastal and marine areas. Each regional action plan is formulated according to the needs and priorities of the region as perceived by the Governments concerned. Regional conventions are in place for several areas. See a map of all regional seas, and go to more information on the Black Sea, Wider Caribbean, Mediterranean, East Asian Seas, South Asian Seas, Eastern Africa, Kuwait Region, North West Pacific, Red Sea And Gulf of Aden, South East Pacific, North East Pacific, South Pacific, Upper South West Atlantic, and West and Central Africa. The UNEP Regional Seas web site also contains information on What's at stake, Major threats, and Actions.


    State of the regional environment

    GEO 2000 State of the Environment: Latin America and the Caribbean

    Global Enviroment Outlook 2000. GEO is:

    • a global environmental assessment process, the GEO Process, that is cross-sectoral and participatory. It incorporates regional views and perceptions, and builds consensus on priority issues and actions through dialogue among policy-makers and scientists at regional and global levels.
    • GEO outputs, in printed and electronic formats, including the GEO Report series. This series makes periodic reviews of the state of the world's environment, and provides guidance for decision-making processes such as the formulation of environmental policies, action planning and resource allocation. Other outputs include technical reports, a web site and a publication for young people.

    GEF Projects in the region

    Projects under implementation

    UNDP - GEF - International waters:
    Environmental Protection of the Rio de la Plata and Its Maritime Front: Pollution Prevention and Control and Habitat Restoration
    The Project will contribute to the mitigation of current and emergent transboundary threats to the waterbody by assisting Argentina and Uruguay to prepare a Strategic Action Programme as a framework for addressing the most imminent transboundary issues. Activities would defray the transactions costs of developing a joint management paradigm, by i) raising awareness of priority transboundary concerns, ii) the catalysing of enabling policy, institutional and financial reforms, iii) strengthening stakeholder communications, iv) identifying innovative management tools that may later be applied towards SAP implementation, including economic instruments, v) training resource managers to prepare and implement the SAP, vi) programming targeted investments and vii) supporting "deal flows" by matching sources of capital with investment opportunities. Preparation of the SAP would be preceded by finalisation of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), building on assessments already completed during the Block B stage, by prioritizing issues, filling data gaps, and performing an in depth systems analysis of cause/effect variables, including socio-economic and ecological factors.

    UNEP - GEF - International waters:
    Strategic Action Programme for the Binational Basin of the Bermejo River
    This project intends to develop a Strategic Action Programme that will promote environmentally sustainable development within the Bermejo River Basin, taking into consideration the programme of investments being prepared by the Binational Commission for the development of the Upper Bermejo and Grande de Tarija River Basins.

    World Bank - GEF - International Waters:
    Coastal Contamination Prevention and Sustainable Fisheries Management
    The project objectives are to promote the conservation of biodiversity along the Patagonia coastline and to protect the Patagonian Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem through the prevention and mitigation of coastal pollution and the sustainable management of fisheries resources. To achieve this goal, the project's components would strengthen institutions and implement priority investments to: (a) address the threats from land-based contamination in the Patagonia coastal area; (b) improve fisheries management policy to prevent overharvesting in the large marine ecosystem, which is adversely affecting marine and coastal biodiversity; and (c) safeguard coastal and marine biodiversity from accident and pollution risks resulting from increased commercial traffic, which carry hazardous substances. The main project outputs are the establishment of an integrated, operational strategy for coastal pollution management; the design and installation of an electronic marine information infrastructure; and the development and implementation of a sustainable fisheries management program.

    UNEP - GEF - International waters:
    Integrated Watershed Management Program for the Pantanal and Upper Paraguay River Basin
    This project catalyzes implementation of a detailed watershed management program for the Pantanal and the Upper Paraguay River Basin. Project activities will enhance and restore the environmental functioning of the system; provide protection to endemic species within the wetland; and implement strategic activities, identified in the World Bank-financed PCBAP program, that address the root causes of degradation. These actions with incremental costs will complement basin-scale interventions by the Government of Brazil, financed in part from national and state sources and by international loan funding, and sub-basin scale activities conducted under the World Bank-UNDP PRODEAGRO program, many of which address expected baseline activities. Strengthening of basin institutions, building of agency and organizational capacity, and integration of environmental concerns into economic development activities on a sustainable basis are the key elements of this project.

    UNDP - GEF - Biodiversity:
    Patagonian Coastal Zone Management Plan
    Preservation of Patagonia's biodiversity and protection of this economically-important area through enhancing sustainable management of coastal resources. By strengthening institutions, developing human resources, and contributing valuable environmental information, project will establish integrated coastal zone management plan which will enhance existing capacities and decision-making.

    UNDP - GEF - Biodiversity:
    Consolidation and Implementation of the Patagonia Coastal Zone Management Programme for Biodiversity Conservation
    This project is aimed at the improvement in the quality of life of human communities who depend on coastal resources while maintaining biodiversity and productivity of Patagonia's ecosystems.

    UNDP - GEF - Biodiversity:
    Conservation of Biodiversity in the Eastern Wetlands, Uruguay
    Development of a Regional Wetlands Management Program including management strategy, water authority, and financial incentives to landowners. Project catalyses formation of local resource users group, develops more sustainable methods of rice cultivation, trains professionals in conservation techniques, analyzes government policies, and engages local municipality, land owners, and university to document and understand region's ecology.

    UNDP - GEF - Biodiversity:
    Consolidation of the Banados del Este Biosphere Reserve
    The ultimate objective of the proposed project is to consolidate the effective and sustainable conservation of this globally sig
    nificant mosaic of habitats and its biodiversity through the successful implementation by of land-use practices that serve both ecosystem conservation and sustainable economic resources use.

    Project concepts in the pipeline

    UNEP - GEF - International waters:
    Implementation of the Strategic Action Program of the Bermejo River Binational Basin
    This project will facilitate actions by the governments of Argentina and Bolivia to promote sustainable development in the binational basin of the Rio Bermejo (BRBB).

    World Bank - GEF - International Waters:
    Environmental Protection and Sustainable Integrated Management of the Guarani Aquifer
    The main objective of the proposed initiative would be to support Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in jointly elaborating and implementing a common institutional framework for managing and preserving the Guarani Aquifer.

    World Bank - GEF - International Waters:
    Maritime Management Project, Uruguay
    The project activities will (i) improve water quality/ecosystem health of the Southeast South American Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) shared with Argentina and Brazil, and (ii) promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in maritime and near-in coastal area of Uruguay.

    UNDP - GEF - Biodiversity:
    The Pantanal: Ecosystem Management of a Major Center of Wetland Biodiversity
    This preparation project will design a project proposal for future funding that will present an ecosystem approach to integrating biodiversity conservation within sound development in the Pantanal region.


    Other actors, initiatives and resources

    Rio de la Plata estuary and sustainable development
    This initiative is part of the UNESCO Programme Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands (CSI). See for example the ECOPLATA Programme — Towards an integrated management of the coastal zone of the Rio de la Plata.

    Patagonian Shelf - a Large Marine Ecosystem (LME)
    A Large Marine Ecosystem, LME, is a "region of ocean space encompassing coastal areas from river basins and estuaries to the seaward boundary of continental shelves and the seaward margins of coastal current systems. It is a relatively large region characterized by distinct bathymetry, hydrography, productivity, and trophically dependent populations." See also Rhode Island University map of LMEs.


    GIWA Subregional Task Team

    Name Address and contact Expertise
    Aliaga Rivera, Angel Instituto de Hidráulica (UMSA)
    CC 8610, La Paz
    Phone: (591-2) 795724
    Fax: (591-2) 795725
    WR Research
    Calcagno, Alberto IARH - ILEC Azcuénaga 1360 7 "15"
    C1115AAL, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4826 8196
    WR and environmental Management
    Castro Wrede, Wilfrido FI - UNA
    P.O.Box 765
    Campus Universitario
    San Lorenzo
    Phone: (595 21) 585 581/4
    Climate and Hydrology
    Collischonn, Walter UFRGS
    Av. Bentos Gonçalvez 9500
    Caixa Postal 15029
    91501370 Porto Alegre, RS
    Phone: (51) 3316 6408
    Fax: (51) 3316 6565
    WR Applied Research and Management
    Crespo, Enrique Laboratorio de Mamíferos Marinos
    Blvd. Brown 3600
    U9120ACW Puerto Madryn, Chubut
    Phone: (54 2965) 45-1024 / 45-1375
    Fax: (54 2965) 45-1543
    OR Management
    Daniele, Claudio IG - FyL- UBA
    Soldado de la Independencia 1364
    Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4783 1732
    Nature Conservation. Biodiversity
    Delfino, Ricardo DRIyA
    Aguirre 651 / "A"
    C1414ASM, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4348 8533/1
    Ocean and Inland Fisheries
    Duarte, Oscar DH-ER
    Cordoba 641
    E3100BXM, Paraná
    Entre Ríos
    Phone: (54 343) 4316065
    Fax: (54 343) 4316065
    WR Management
    Ereño, Carlos DCA-FCEQyN - UBA
    Pabellón 2, Ciudad Universitaria
    1428, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4576 3356/ 64 Extensión 20
    Fax: (54 11) 4732 2098
    WR and Climate Change
    Fernández Cirelli, Alicia ScyT - UBA
    Reconquista 694 P1
    C1003ABN, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4511 8142
    Fax: (54 11) 4511 8105
    Water quality
    Fioriti, María J. SSRH-MIV
    Av. Paseo Colon 189 P8 Of. 807
    C1063ACB, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4349 7453
    Fax: (54 11) 4349 7454
    WR Information systems
    Gabriel de Camargo, Arilde COPEL Geração
    Rua Jose Izidoro Biazzeto 158
    81200-240 Curitiba
    Phone: (55 - 41) 331 3315
    Fax: (55 - 41) 331 3170
    WR and environmental Management Information Systems
    Gaviño Novillo, Marcelo FI - UNLP
    Diagonal 78 Nº 959
    B1900BTO, La Plata
    Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 221) 453 2450
    WR and Env. Management
    Hildebrandt, Matilde DRH-SSRH
    Av. 9 de Julio 280
    U9103CRP, Rawson
    Phone: (54 2965) 484146
    WR Management
    Horne, Federico Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias UN Comahue
    Encina 660
    Q8302IWB, Neuquén
    Phone: (54-299) 448 2847
    WR and environmental research
    Lasta, Carlos Proyecto Protección Ambiental del Río de la Plata y su Frente Marítimo
    Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 N° 160, Piso 5 Oficina 502
    Phone: (005982) 916 6635
    Fax: (005982) 915 8335
    OR Management
    Lowy, Claudio Secretaría de Medio Ambiente
    San Martín 459
    C1004AAI, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54-11) 4348 8506
    Fax: (54-11) 4464 0804
    Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology. Environmental Management
    Lozeco, Cristobal FICH-UNL
    C.C. 217
    3000, Santa Fe
    Santa Fe
    Phone: (54-342) 457 5228
    WR Research and Education
    Magnani, César AIC - SSRH
    Espejo 656
    M5500GJN, Mendoza
    Phone: (54 11) 154 0280109
    Legal and Institutional Aspects
    Marques, Marcia GIWA - UERJ
    R. Sao Francisco Xavier 524 Blb
    5º andar
    CEP 20559-900, Rio de Janeiro
    Phone: (55-21) 9852 2345
    Fax: (55-21) 2511 6611
    GIWA Methodology
    Mugetti, Ana SSRH-MIV
    Av. Paseo Colon 189 Of. 805 A
    C1063ACB, Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4349 7449
    Fax: (54 11) 4349 7447
    WR Management
    Muller, Ingrid I. CEHPAR
    Caixa Postal 1309
    80011-970, Curitiba
    Phone: (55 41) 2671754
    Fax: (55 41) 2662935
    WR Research and Technology
    Natale, Oscar PNCRP-INA
    Autopista Ezeiza Cañuelas Km 1,620 - Tramo Jorge Newbery
    1802, Ezeiza
    Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 11) 4480 4500
    Water Quality Management
    Norbis, Walter Departamento de Ecología - Sección Oceanología
    Facultad de Ciencias
    Iguá 4225
    11400, Montevideo
    Phone: (598 - 2) 5258618 int 150
    (598 - 2) 5258617
    (598 - 2) 4805048 Part.
    OR Conservation
    Salusso, Mónica FCN-UNSalta
    Capitan Paiva 1220 B° Ciudad del Milagro
    4400, Salta
    Phone: (54 387) 4255455
    Fax: (54 387) 4251876
    Silveira, Luis IMFIA
    Julio Herrera y Reissig 565
    11.300, Montevideo
    Phone: (59-82) 711 5277
    WR Reserch and Techonolgy
    Uhlig de Oliveira, Alexandre CESP
    R. da Consolacao 1875 9 andar
    01301-100, Sao Paulo
    Sao Paulo
    Phone: (55 11) 2346462
    Fax: (55 11) 2346917
    WR Environmental Management
    Urciuolo, Adriana Los Cauquenes 1308
    V9410EHB, Ushuaia
    Tierra del Fuego
    Phone: (54 2901) 422576, (54 2901) 443533
    Fax: (54 2901) 15561321
    WR Management
    Verazay, Guillermo INIDEP
    Esquiú 1412
    B7600BJD, Mar del Plata
    Buenos Aires
    Phone: (54 223) 4862586
    Fisheries Management

  • Global International Waters Assessment, GIWA
    SE- 391 82 Kalmar, Sweden
    Phone: +46- 480 44 60 00. Fax: +46- 480 44 73 55.

    page last modified on 22 August 2006