Integrated River Bassin Managment for La Plata Bassin
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     When a river bassin is shared by more than one country the management
     of it s resources becomes sensitive as any single intervention
     has implications for the system as a whole.

     This is the case of La Plata River Basin; it is the fifth largest river
     basin in the world, extending over 3,100,000 km2. It covers an extensive
     part of central and northern Argentina, southeast Bolivia, almost all the
     southern part of Brazil, the whole of Paraguay and a large part of Uruguay.

     The main tasks of this project is divided into two parts the first is
     to assess of the current state of the basin in terms of achieving the goals of
     IRBM; taking into consideration:Assessment of available water resources,
     assessment of demand, supply-demand balance,Socio-economic, Institutional
     Frameworks and overall Sustainability Assessment.

     As for the second part the task was to develop an agenda adressing
     the problems of the basin and the means of solving them.

     This led to the conclusion that water quatity is not the problem for the basin
     however quality and the increase of polution due to agriculture and industry, .
     , needed to be resolved by Improving and adding of waste water treatment
     facilities and an Implementation of basin wide monitoring scheme.



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Water and Landscapes
Plan of la Plata river basin
Agricultural land has expanded 100 million ha during the last 40 years . The land use changes shows that the dark brown spots originally forests have been transformed into agricultural land
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