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Reducing and Preventing Land-based Pollution in the Rio de la Plata/Maritime Front through Implementation of the FrePlata Strategic Action Programme

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The overall objective of project is to strengthen the efforts of the governments of Argentina and Uruguay to advance towards sustainability of the uses and resources of the Rio de la Plata /Maritime Front through the implementation of the Strategic Action Program (SAP) with regards to reduction and prevention of land-based pollution.
GEF ID: 3519
Project Category: Large Marine Ecosystem
Project Description:

This project aims to facilitate the implementation of land-based pollution-reducing and preventive actions included in the FREPLATA SAP. Although the major domestic, municipal and industrial point sources along the Rio de la Plata itself can be controlled by each country individually through implementation of the NAPs, the bilateral and cross sectoral dimensions of the pollution problem, including those originating in the upstream river basin, need a sustainable coordinated bilateral effort.

This project will:

  • i) contribute to strengthen the institutional framework to allow the binational commissions and the respective environmental authorities of both countries, implement the necessary measures to control land-based sources of pollution of the shared water body, and improve coordination with other Commissions of the Plata Basin;
  • ii) update and improve the bi-national information system, linked to a participative and sustainable bi-national monitoring system; and
  • iii) contribute to the control of future point and non-point agro-industrial key contaminants, through replicable on-the-ground wetland management activities and public-private participation in cleaner production demonstrative and pilot projects.

The project by itself will not significantly reduce pollution levels, but will strengthen bilateral ties between both countries , establishing the basis for the sustainability of a post-project effort to prevent and reduce pollution, with long-term measures  to preserve and protect de Rio de la Plata and its Maritime Front. The Member States are committed to continue the program of FREPLATA beyond the GEF intervention and will seek the adoption of legal reforms and the instrumentation of economic measures that are required for its continuous strengthening.”

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Sub-Region: South America
Ecosystem: LME
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General Information:
Project Type FSP
Project Status Under Implementation
Start Date
Sep 27, 2008 12:00 AM
End Date
Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM
GEF characteristic:
Strategic Priority IW-3
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 2.85M US$
Total Cost of the project: 17.44M US$
IP Rating: 4
DO Rating: 3
Countries: Argentina, Uruguay
Lead Implementing Agency United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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