Recent developments on transboundary aquifer law and policy in Latin America and SCELG work

SCELG joins forces with the University of Sao Paulo and CEREGAS

On 2 May 2017 the Brazilian Senate has approved the Guarani Aquifer Agreement paving the way for its formal ratification later this year. This is an important development when one considers that the Agreement was signed by Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay back in 2010 with Argentina and Uruguay ratifying it in 2012. Almost seven years later we appear to be on the verge of the possible entry into force of the Guarani Aquifer Agreement provided the two remaining countries (Brazil and Paraguay) complete their international ratification processes. Against this background, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) has joined forces with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and CEREGAS (the UNESCO Regional Centre for the Management of Groundwater) to focus on the added value of the entry into force of the Guarani Aquifer Agreement for the future management of the aquifer and for the region.

SCELG Policy Briefs and Working Papers

The SCELG policy brief is available for download in Spanish and Portuguese. SCELG is working with USP and CEREGAS on a joint paper in English that will feature in a special issue of Hydrology Journal: Regional Studies where many of the points raised in the SCELG policy brief will be expanded upon.

SCELG has worked on the Guarani Aquifer Agreement and on transboundary aquifers in Latin America for many years. As part of her studies at the Law School our alumni Pauline Robert has published a SCELG Working Paper on transboundary aquifer related issues in the Lake Titicaca region. The SCELG Working paper is available here and the research will be presented by Pauline at the forthcoming IWRA World Water Congress.