International Conference. The management of the Guarani Aquifer System: an example of cooperation.
Cidade Universitaria USP, São Paulo, 21-23 September 2011.
“The São Paulo Declaration on the Management of the Guarani Aquifer System”
The Group of Experts including practitioners, academics and policy makers from different fields gathered and the University of Säo Paulo for the International Conference The Management of the Guarani Aquifer System
-Recognising the successful results of the Guarani Aquifer System Project (GEF-OAS-WB 2002-2008), incorporated in the Strategic Action Program;
-Acknowledging the improvements in the cooperation between the four countries ² Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay ² that led to the adoption of the Guarani Aquifer Agreement on 02 August 2010;
-Desiring to disseminate examples of best management practice within the Guarani Aquifer, building upon the pilot projects of Ribeirão Preto, Salto-Concordia, Itapúa and Rivera-Santana do Livramento, which are valuable sources of practical knowledge, characterised by strong local authority participation;
-Convinced of the need and importance of a social communication program, featuring sound information on the good use and stewardship of the Aquifer, to be widely circulated throughout communities;
-Mindful of the interest to learn from the experience of the management of the Guarani Aquifer, in the context of the evolution of the rules of international law applicable to transboundary aquifers;
-Conscious of the potential threats posed to the Aquifer due to changes in land use, increase in population and climate change effects.
The Group of Experts put forward the following conclusions and recommendations:
1. Encourages the governments of the four countries to follow up the ratification process of the Guarani Aquifer Agreement, highlighting the relevance of its Article 4: The Parties shall promote the conservation and environmental protection of the Guarani Aquifer System so as to ensure its multiple uses reasonable, sustainable, and equitable of the water resources.
2. Recommends the governments to continue the activities planned in the Strategic Action Program, through:
-The reconstitution of an operational structure similar to the successful structure used during the project implementation period 2003-2008;
-The possible allocation of an-hoc professional with the specific function of facilitating the communication between the technical experts responsible in each of the four countries, in order to operationalise the activities planned for the Intergovernmental Commission (Article 15).
3. Encourages the institutions that manage water resources in the four countries to establish a decentralized and accessible web based Aquifer information system, in order to advance knowledge and improve the management of the water resources;
4. Seeks support from the governments of each of the four countries, for the organization of future biennial conferences (CIGSAG), to be hosted each time in a different country and location.
São Paulo, Brazil
23 September 2011
CIGSAG‘s plenary session
International Conference The management of Guarani Aquifer System: an example of cooperation- CIGSAG, was jointly organised by the Groundwater Research Centre ² CEPAS, of the University of São Paulo; the UK universities of Surrey and Dundee and the Secretaria do Meio Ambiente of the State of São Paulo. The English translation has been done in collaboration with the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science under the auspices of UNESCO at the University of Dundee.
.CIGSAG 2011 |