Department of Sustainable Development



Pablo González


Pablo González is the Chief for Natural Hazard Risk Reduction (NHRR) with the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States. He was appointed to the position, in October of 2006, as the result of an external vacancy competition. He is also co-chair of the recently established Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM).

He first joined the DSD in December of 1991, working as a GIS Specialist for the Natural Hazard

Project. From 1991 and until 1995, he organized and presented several workshops in the use and application of GIS, and assisted with the implementation of GIS in various DSD projects. During that period, he also assisted with the coordination of technical cooperation projects located in Central America and the Dominican Republic: the Watershed Management National Plans of Honduras and the Dominican Republic, and the La Amistad International Park Conservation Plan, in Costa Rica and Panama.  In 1995, he temporarily left the OAS, although he continued supporting the Department’s activities from the academic field. In 1997, he returned to join the DSD, supporting the execution of several GEF-IW projects in major transboundary water systems in the Americas: the Integrated Water Resource Management and Sustainable Development of the San Juan River Basin and its Coastal Zone (Costa Rica and Nicaragua,) known as PROCUENCA-SAN JUAN; the Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of the GUARANI Aquifer System (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay;) and the Framework Program for the Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the la Plata Basin with respect to the Effects of Climate Variability and Change (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.)  In addition, he supported the operation of the Inter-American Water Resources Network (IWRN) Technical Secretariat, and advised in the design and development of information systems for decision-making on natural resources management, including database and ICT and GIS design and implementation.  

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo González holds a degree in Land Surveying Engineering and a post-graduate degree in Geodetic & Geophysics Engineering from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.  He also holds a Masters degree in International Development and GIS from Clark University, in Massachusetts.   He has participated as moderator and speaker in several international events, such as the Second GEF-IW Biennial Conference, and the Third World Water Forum.  He is a recipient of the GS/OAS Outstanding Performance Award for 2001-2002.

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