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Reducing and Preventing Land-based Pollution in the Rio de la Plata/Maritime Front through Implementation of the FrePlata Strategic Action Programme

This project aims to facilitate the implementation of land-based pollution-reducing and preventive actions included in the FREPLATA SAP. Although the major domestic, municipal and industrial point sources along the Rio de la Plata itself can be controlled by each country individually through implementation of the NAPs, the bilateral and cross sectoral dimensions of the pollution problem, including those originating in the upstream river basin, need a sustainable coordinated bilateral effort.

This project will:

  • i) contribute to strengthen the institutional framework to allow the binational commissions and the respective environmental authorities of both countries, implement the necessary measures to control land-based sources of pollution of the shared water body, and improve coordination with other Commissions of the Plata Basin;
  • ii) update and improve the bi-national information system, linked to a participative and sustainable bi-national monitoring system; and
  • iii) contribute to the control of future point and non-point agro-industrial key contaminants, through replicable on-the-ground wetland management activities and public-private participation in cleaner production demonstrative and pilot projects.

The project by itself will not significantly reduce pollution levels, but will strengthen bilateral ties between both countries , establishing the basis for the sustainability of a post-project effort to prevent and reduce pollution, with long-term measures  to preserve and protect de Rio de la Plata and its Maritime Front. The Member States are committed to continue the program of FREPLATA beyond the GEF intervention and will seek the adoption of legal reforms and the instrumentation of economic measures that are required for its continuous strengthening.”

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Patagonian Shelf (LME)


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General information
GEF ID 3519
Project type Full-Size Project
Status active (Under Implementation)
Start Date 02 Oct 2009
End Date 30 Dec 2013
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 2,850,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 17,870,000
YES - See results data (3519)
Argentina , Uruguay , Regional

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Mónica Guchin Project Coordinator - Uruguay
Marco Vermaasen Project Coordinator-Uruguay
Cristina Quintas Project Communication Specialist
Julio Cesar Suárez Bonorino Integrante del Consejo Directive