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Dr. Ramon Aravena

Water resources network assists Central American countries

Dr. Ramon Aravena is leading an innovative development project to create a graduate program in water resources at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua and the Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala. He also has the mandate, in partnership with the University of Calgary, to strengthen the existing program at the University of Costa Rica. The Central American Water Resources Management Network, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is crucial as groundwater is the sole or main source of potable water for most large urban and rural areas in those countries. Many remote areas also depend on groundwater for irrigation since surface water is at low levels and the quality is poor. This research is having a significant impact at the community level by training more professionals in water resources and in universities by strengthening the ties with Waterloo.