Newsletter and Technical Publications
of Alternative Technologies for Freshwater Augumentation
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PART A. INTRODUCTION
5. SURVEY METHODOLOGY
The methodology used to prepare the Source Book included the following
- Identification of the institutions dealing with alternative
technologies for augmenting or maximizing freshwater resources in Latin
America and the Caribbean to participate in the Workshops.
- Identification of national experts at these institutions to
catalogue, through field surveys, the technologies used in each country
of the region.
- Completion of an intensive survey of the literature on technologies
used in the region to augment freshwater resources.
- Identification of an international consultant to compile the Source
- Preparation of the draft table of contents and submission by the
consultant for comment to the UNEP Water Branch in Nairobi and the UNEP
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico City,
- Discussion of the reports to be presented at the Workshops by the
- Preparation and implementation of the two Workshops with the
participation of national consultants and specialists from international
and regional organizations. The main objectives of the Workshops were
(1) to identify alternative technologies utilized in the region for
freshwater augmentation, and to present technology profiles and case
studies; (2) to analyze the technologies presented and to select
technologies and case studies which should be included in the Source
Book; and (3) to analyze the proposed contents of the Source Book
including the table of contents.
- Compilation of the results of the literature, field surveys, and the
Workshops into a draft.
- Submission of the draft to the UNEP Integrated Water Programme for
- Revision and publication.
- Evaluation of the project with the UNEP Integrated Water Programme
and the International Environmental Technology Centre, formulation of
follow-up activities, and promotion of the use of appropriate
technologies for augmenting freshwater resources in the region through
specific workshops and demonstration projects.
The final reports of the Workshops held in Peru (in Spanish) and
Barbados (in English) were prepared by the Unit of Sustainable Development
and Environment of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American
States. The results of the literature survey are lodged with the Unit of
Sustainable Development and Environment of the OAS at its offices in
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.