Experts' profiles - Alberto Calcagno
Alberto Calcagno
Alberto Calcagno has been the Coordinator of the UNEP Dams and Development Project at the UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya since 2003. Calcagno possesses vast field expertise in water resources planning and management and environmental assessment. Calcagno also has extensive experience both as a manager and substantive expert in multi-stakeholder projects at national, regional and international levels, and has a thorough understanding of the issues related to the Dams and Development debate.

Calcagno graduated as Civil Engineer (1971) and Land Surveyor (1969), from Buenos Aires University, Argentina, and has a degree of Masters in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, (1979).
Calcagno started his career in 1971 as staff engineer in the Argentinean Paraguayan Joint Commission of the Paran River, working on water resources development projects and became Coordinator of the Environmental Management and Health Plan for Corpus Project in 1985 and Head of the Technical Department in 1987. In 1988, Calcagno joined HIDRONOR (North Patagonian Hydroelectric Agency) as Board member and later Vice-President and President of the Executive Committee.

Since 1991, Calcagno has carried out activities as consultant for a wide range of water resources and environmental consulting assignments, at the national and international level. From 1997 to 2000, Calcagno worked as Technical Coordinator of GEF/UNEP/OAS project for the Formulation of the Strategic Action Plan for the Development of the Binational Basin of the Bermejo River.

Calcagno joined academia in 1980 with various Universities in Argentina, being responsible for graduate and post-graduate teaching and training and incorporation of water resources and environmental management into civil engineering curricula.

In 1984, Calcagno participated in the creation of the Argentine Water Resources Institute (IARH), chairing its board during several terms and coordinated the establishment of the La Plata River Basin Environmental Research and Management Network (RIGA) in 1999, becoming its first coordinator. Calcagno integrated the Scientific Committee of the International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC) from 1991 until 2006.
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