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Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances (RBA-PTS) - Results

GEF IDS: 14

National

Argentina

IWC6 Results Note (2011)

1. Reduced ship based pollution by reducing navigational risks – By June, 2008, certified electronic nautical charts (ENCs) with new technology were developed for the five ports: Rio de la Plata; Mar del Plata; Ria de Bahia Blanca; Comodoro Rivadavia; and Caleta Paula. Additionally, the Naval Hydrographic Service (SHN) generated a hydrodynamic model using Qmap software, which provides input for the OilMap being operated by the Argentine Coast Guard (PNA). The PNA was capable of tracing contamination plumes; and the SHN was handling information on environmental sensitivity areas for priority setting.
2. Improved preparedness and response to oil spills – Institutional strengthening activities significantly improved capacities of the government. The Government of Argentina successfully responded to an oil spill that occurred at Caleta Cordova on December 27, 2007.
3. National and provincial government capacities to assess the effects of economic activity on the marine environment have been improved which significantly strengthen their ability to incorporate lessons from pilot projects in marine protection policies. The PNA is now capable of tracing contamination plumes.

Results data
Conserved/protected wetland, MPAs, and fish refugia habitat
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INDICATOR#1 – Forty four marine protected areas (MPAs) identified for an assessment of effective implementation, and four workshops were conducted on 40 MPAs.