The countries of the hemisphere share over 70 major transboundary river basins. In this context, the DSD primary objectives are to support Member States in their efforts to improve the management, conservation, and sustainable use of water resources by promoting social and economic growth. Specific actions involve the promotion of water governance, assistance in the development of policies, laws and regulations for integrated water resource management, capacity building in regional, national and local institutions, and promotion of the exchange of information through the IWRN (Inter-American Water Resources Network).
Furthermore, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the Global Environment Facility, DSD acts as a regional executing agency for various water resource management projects being conducted in trans boundary, multi-country river basins of Central and South America.
Ongoing Projects and Initiatives
Strategic Action Programme for
the Binational Basin of the Bermejo River (VII
Steering Committee Meeting of the project)
The project’s aim was to promote South-to-South learning, develop and implement mechanisms to disseminate the lessons being learned in GEF International Waters-related projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, and improve capacity for integrated land and water resource management. This Medium Sized Project (MSP) complemented the UNDP/GEF project, “Strengthening Capacity for Global Knowledge-Sharing in International Waters” (IW-Learn), by using Latin America and the Caribbean as a demonstration to illustrate how systematic exchange of project experiences, lessons learned, and best practices can improve integrated water resources management. Specifically, the project’s network sought to strengthen and improve mechanisms for the dissemination of information and lessons learned from GEF-IW projects and other experiences in integrated water resources management within the Latin America and Caribbean region. With such mechanisms, the project encouraged the assimilation of lessons learned into national water resources management policies and river basin master plans.
The Formulation of a Strategic
Action Program for the Integrated Management of Water Resources and the
Sustainable Development of the San Juan River Basin and Its Coastal Zone
The Integrated Management of Land-based Activities
in the São Francisco River Basin Project
The Integrated Watershed Management
Practices for the Pantanal and Upper Paraguay River Basin Project
Strengthening of the Water Sector in Brazil project
Project for the Environmental
Protection and Sustainable Development of the Guarani Aquifer System
The Water Level Observation Network
for Central America (RONMAC)
The UNESCO/OAS ISARM-Americas Programme (the regional initiative for the American hemisphere of ISARM - Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management Programme) is jointly coordinated by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the Department of Sustainable Development – previously known as Office for Sustainable Development and Environment - of the Organization of American States (DSD/OAS). (IAH-ALHSUD Congress in 2002 at Mar del Plata, Argentina). More...
Inter-American Water Resources Network
A multi-year project involving the GEF, UNEP, ACTO and the OAS aimed at helping the eight countries of the Amazon Basin and its 10 million inhabitants conserve and better manage the region’s waters, forests and wildlife, was formally launched in June 2005. A key component of the project is to help countries and communities adapt and cope with acute climatic change.”
The OAS completes the first part of a comprehensive, on-line data-base and information portal comprised of national water regulations, laws, standards and norms. The data-base will be complemented by related legal and other provisions, including information regarding public participation provisions relating to the management of water
Events and News
► September 15-17, 2009. Quito, Ecuador. Coordination Workshop UNESCO/OAS ISARM Americas. Agenda
► The UNESCO International Hydrological Program (IHP) presented Jorge Rucks, Chief of Integrated Water Resource Management of the DSD, with an award for his many years of service to the hemisphere in water resources management. More...
► 11 al 13 de agosto de 2009. Miami. Segunda Reunión de la Visión y Estrategia para la gestión de los Acuiferos Transfronterizos en las Americas en el marco del Programa UNESCO/OEA ISARM AMERICAS Agenda... | Más...
► First Meeting of National Focal Points on Integrated Water Resource Management. More...
► Environmental Trends and Challenges More...
IV World Water Forum: From March 16-22, 2006, approximately 100 ministers from around the world will be joined by some 15,000 people in Mexico City, for the Fourth World Water Forum. This is the first time that Forum has taken place in the Latin America and Caribbean region. More...
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