Environmental Protection of the Rio de la Plata and Its Maritime Front: Pollution Prevention and Control and Habitat Restoration

Project Summary

The Project will contribute to the mitigation of current and emergent transboundary threats to the waterbody by assisting Argentina and Uruguay to prepare a Strategic Action Programme as a framework for addressing the most imminent transboundary issues. Activities would defray the transactions costs of developing a joint management paradigm, by i) raising awareness of priority transboundary concerns, ii) the catalysing of enabling policy, institutional and financial reforms, iii) strengthening stakeholder communications, iv) identifying innovative management tools that may later be applied towards SAP implementation, including economic instruments, v) training resource managers to prepare and implement the SAP, vi) programming targeted investments and vii) supporting ‘deal flows’ by matching sources of capital with investment opportunities. Preparation of the SAP would be preceded by finalisation of a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), building on assessments already completed during the Block B stage, by prioritizing issues, filling data gaps, and performing an in depth systems analysis of cause/effect variables, including socio-economic and ecological factors.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Consortium of the Comisión Técnica Mixta del Frente Marítimo (CTMFM) and the Comisión Administradora del Río de la Plata (CARP)
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
327,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,680,000 USD
Co-financing Total
4,750,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
Total Cost 10,757,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
01 Jan 1999
Concept Approved
01 Jan 1999
Project Approved for Implementation
26 Oct 1999
Project closed
31 Dec 2008