Strategic Action Program for the La Plata Basin
In 2001, the governments of the five countries that make up the Coordinating Intergovernmental Committee of the La Plata Basin Countries (CIC) decided to incorporate into the organisation the technical capacities to address these challenges and agree upon an Action Plan to guide management, where water resources, including the relationship between surface and ground waters and their links with land use and climate, play a key role. In this effort, which, for the first time, developed an integrated approach, the participating institutions agreed on the need to strengthen a common Basin vision, with the goal of identifying and prioritising common problems and their main causes so as to address them on a joint and coordinated basis. Based on this background, and with the support of the GS/OAS and UNEP, funding was requested and obtained from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to conduct the Framework Programme for the sustainable management of the water resourses for the La Plata Basin, with respect to the effects of variability and climate change (Framework Programme). The Programme was created as a long-term management process, to be executed by the five countries in a coordinated way, within the framework of the CIC. During the initial phase of the project formulation (2003-2005), and based on a participatory process, the main challenges at basin level were identified and the preliminary management proposals aimed at solving or mitigating the identified problems were drafted. In phase 1 of the Framework Programme executed between 2010 and 2016 - the conducted diagnosis was expanded, and the Basin problems were characterised more precisely and thoroughly, thus obtaining a comprehensive vision of the status of the hydrological systems. Using this better knowledge, the Transboundary Diagnosis Analysis (TDA) was consolidated and the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) was formulated as a document of priority policies and actions agreed upon by the five countries to solve the main identified problems, particularly those of transboundary character.
26 Feb 2020