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Detail of GEF Project #974

GEF Project ID974
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameEnvironmental Protection and Sustainable Integrated Management of the Guarani Aquifer
RegionLatin America and Caribbean
Focal AreaInternational Waters
Operational Program8
PDF-B Approval Date2001-01-26
Approval Date2001-12-07
CEO Endorsement Date2002-05-01
GEF Agency Approval Date2002-06-13
Project Completion Date2009-01-31
Project StatusProject Closure
GEF AgencyWorld Bank
Executing AgencyOrganization of American States (OAS)
DescriptionThe main objective of the proposed initiative would be to support Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in jointly elaborating and implementing a common institutional framework for managing and preserving the Guarani Aquifer for current and future generations. The Guarani Aquifer, named in honor of the Guarani Indian Nation, is one of the largest groundwater reservoirs in the world, and was only recently recognized as one interconnected system, extending through the four MERCOSUR countries for a total of 1.2 million km2. Total reserves would be enough to supply the entire population of Brazil for 3,500 years.The project would be of a preventive nature and would include interventions regerding expansion and consolidation of the current knowledge base, creation of collaborative management framework, information for public participation, and monitoring and evaluation. Given the susceptibility of groundwater resources to pollution and the quasi irreversibility of polluted groundwater sources, a management mechanism that would prevent pollution would yield socio-economic and environemental benefits, both at a local and regional transboundary scale.
Implementation StatusA Steering Committee established for joint management of the project is showing maturity towards its possible future role as the institutional basis for the joint sustainable management of the Guarani aquifer. At local level, transboundary commissions in pilot areas have become operational. The Citizen fund, implemented by NGOs and Civic Organizations, is supporting wide dissemination and awareness building on the sustainable management of the resource. The university fund is supporting capacity development in the four countries learning institutions by financing specific studies in defined localities. Two major contracts, preparation of digital map of the aquifer and study on the dynamics of hydrology, are under implementation. Thanks to the communication strategy the project has managed to reach wide audiences.
PDF B Amount
542,600 USD
GEF Project Grant
13,400,000 USD
GEF Grant
13,942,600 USD
Cofinancing Total
13,300,000 USD
Project Cost
27,242,600 USD
GEF Agency Fees
1,900,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
13,400,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
13,359,800 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
27,302,400 USD
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