The Institute was pleased to welcome back alumnus Pablo Bereciartua, who is now Secretary for Water Resources in Argentina, to give a lunch seminar on Agentina's National Water Plan. Bereciartua was part of an official Argentinean delegation, including the President, that visited The Netherlands with to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to share knowledge on floods. Two Dutch missions visited Argentina last year to evaluate the situation.
Agentina's National Water Plan is a massive infrastructure plan that has been designed to position water resources as a key factor for the sustainable development of the country, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
The Government is keen to foster a policy around Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in order to make a smart and effective use of water in economic, environmental and social ways. Thus, the National Water Plan defines four main components for the water policy:
1) Water Supply and Sanitation where the goal is to achieve 100% of safe water supply and 75% of sanitation;
2) Large scale multi-purpose water infrastructure and biomass;
3) The use of water for production mainly the smart the use of P3 to extend the agricultural frontier, allow clean industrial development and foster tourism; and
4) Water management and policies to adapting our extended territory for better dealing with climate change and variability.
To watch his presentation about Argentina's National Water Plan, please click here.
About the Speaker
Pablo Bereciartua is currently Argentina’s Secretary for Water Resources. He has served as the Director of Infrastructure for the City of Buenos Aires, where he faced enormous challenges as well as opportunities in applying new technologies to the city and regional infrastructure.
Pablo is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and former dean at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), where he focused on teaching and researching the link between technology, infrastructure and social and economic impact.
He also serves as vice president of the Argentinean Social Forum, and has shared his ideas on innovation, education, technology, the future of mobility and cities across media platforms in Argentina. Pablo is also Vice President of the Argentinean Engineering Center and member of the Institute of Transport of the National Academy of Engineering.
A trained engineer, he graduated with honors from Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina. He also holds graduate degrees from University of California at Berkeley and UNESCO-IHE in Delft, The Netherlands; and has earned fellowships from Fulbright, Eisenhower Foundation,Yale World Fellow,and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
Pablo is founder and CEO of Bereco SA & Bereco Labs, Inc., a company focused on innovation, technology and management. He is also the founder of other technology based companies such as B3 and Agro Appgrade SA.
We have written an article about Pablo Bereciartua in our UPDATE magazine, please access the article here.
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