The UNESCO/OAS ISARM Americas Programme is a regional initiative launched at the IAH-ALHSUD Congress in 2002 at Mar del Plata, Argentina. It results from the joint efforts by UNESCO-IHP and OAS to implement the ISARM Programme in the Western hemisphere.
The Programme encompasses three main region-wide activities, corresponding to three phases:
- A comprehensive inventory of transboundary aquifers of the Americas, including collection of data regarding their hydrogeological characteristics and the actual use of their groundwater (phase I)
- An inventory of relevant legal and institutional frameworks in the countries of the region, as far as relevant in the context of transboundary aquifers (phase II).
- Inventory and analysis of socio-economic aspects of the region's transboundary aquifers and their joint management (phase III).
In addition, it includes a number of cases studies of selected transboundary aquifers in the region.
The Programme is coordinated by a team of experts from OAS and UNESCO-IHP and is implemented at a country level by National Focal Points designated both by the IHP National Committees and the IWRN (Integrated Water Resources National) Focal Points
Network of National Coordinators
One the most important initial steps of the programme was the formation of a network of National Coordinators, representing currently 25 countries. These coordinators attend the annual workshops organized by ISARM Americas, ensure adequate responses from their countries to the questionnaires agreed upon, collaborate - usually supported by national colleagues - in the interpretation of the information and may participate in any other activity under the ISARM Americas programme.
The members of ISARM Americas Programme can access their Collaborative Environment here.
If you do not have the access to or you have a question about the Environment please contact IGRAC (firstname.lastname@example.org)