Between 29 May and 4 June a mission of the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR-Team) took place to the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Mission focused on two different regions. Support was solicited by the Government of Argentina to the Dutch Government to provide assistance in the evaluation of the actual condition of the dam of a reservoir, the ‘Dique Paso de Las Piedras’. The reservoir provides water to a large part of the ecological, social and economic activities downstream. The area of the ‘Dique Paso de las Piedras’ is located northeast of the city of Bahía Blanca (500 km south of Buenos Aires).

The second focus was on assisting in finding an integrated approach for the management of the catchment of Rio Salado, a river basin South – South West of the city of Buenos Aires and to define opportunities for continuing collaboration.
The mission team included the team leader Klaas de Groot (ARCADIS), Marcela Busnelli (Royal HaskoningDHV) and Rik Beekx (LievenseCSO). The Netherlands Embassy in Buenos Aires has organized the mission and attended all meetings. International Financing Institutions showed great interest in the results of the mission and the World Bank has participated in the mission to the Rio Salado. The sub secretariat of water resources of the province of Buenos Aires is responsible for the water works in the province and has introduced the team to the challenges in the two focus areas. Read more in the summary of the mission.

The preliminary results of the mission were shared with the national authority in water resources of Argentina. A report of the mission will be made available shortly. For questions about the mission to the Rio Salado you can contact Klaas de Groot, and for the dam Marcela Busnelli,