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ISARM AMERICAS 


TRANSBOUNDARY AQUIFERS

OF THE AMERICAS

 

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UNESCO/OAS ISARM Americas Programme - Transboundary Aquifers of the Americas

The UNESCO/OAS ISARM Americas Programme is a regional initiative launched at the IAH-ALHSUD Congress in 2002 at Mar del Plata, Argentina, and results from the joint effort by UNESCO-IHP and DSD/OAS to set up the ISARM Programme in the American hemisphere.

The worldwide ISARM (Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management) Programme is a multi-agency effort aimed at improving the understanding of scientific, socio-economic, legal institutional and environmental issues related to the management of transboundary aquifers. The Programme operates through a joint coordination committee of experts from UNESCO-IHP, IAH, FAO and UNECE.

As the leading agency in coordinating the American Programme, OAS has focused its efforts on helping American countries become involved in carrying out the programme’s tasks.

Among the most important steps of the programme has been the collection of data on transboundary aquifers. Through preliminary questionnaires sent to the countries, the two organizations have assessed the prevalence of transboundary aquifers in the Western Hemisphere in order to identify critical case studies while creating a comprehensive Inventory of the transboundary aquifers for the Americas.

The IWRN and IHP Focal Points of the American countries and the ISARM Americas National Coordinators readily responded to the requirements of the Programme; they started collecting information for the Inventory and filled up the Preliminary Questionnaires.

UNESCO/OAS ISARM Americas Contacts:

DSD/OAS:

Enrique Bello
Department of Sustainable Development - DSD
Organization of American States
OAS Office in Argentina
ebello@oas.org

 
UNESCO-IHP:
Maria Concepcion Donoso
UNESCO-ROSTLAC Regional Hydrologist
UNESCO Office in Uruguay
mcdonoso@unesco.org.uy; phi@unesco.org.uy
Alice Aureli
Hydrogeologist
Division of Water Sciences
UNESCO – Paris
a.aureli@unesco.org
IAH:
  Shammy Pury
Chairman for the Comission for Transboundary Aquifers -TARM
International Association of Hydrogeologists - IAH
Shammypury@aol.com
 

 

 
 

 

 

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