Argentina - Argentina - Provincial Agricultural Services Program II (PROSAP II)

Country: Argentina

Reception date: November, 3 2010

Current Status: Closed

Dr. Gustavo Neme

Summary of the Request

Dr. Gustavo Neme sent a Request to the ICIM with concerns related to the process of excavation and the infrastructure work carried out in the context of the “Modernización del Sistema de Riego Canal Matriz Nuevo Alvear (Rio Atuel) Project”, and their negative impact in the archeological patrimony of the area around the General Alvear and San Miguel Oasis, located in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina.

MICI actions

During the assessment, all Parties manifested their commitment to a dialogue and reached several joint decisions. As part of the specific methodology proposed by the Project Ombudsperson were the following actions: a) hire an independent professional archaeologist to assist in the dialogue process; b) plan of a series of site visits with the participation of all stakeholders; and c) reach an agreement to implement an archaeological rescue and development work plan that ensures the preservation and dissemination of the site’s cultural heritage.

In May 2011, the Consultation Phase concluded with the presentation of a signed Agreement by all Parties involved including the preparation of a work plan to be implemented by July 1, 2011. The Agreement includes provisions for the protection of the archeological site –absent in the original environmental impact assessment, and the possible construction of a museum.

Project Number:


Environmental Category:


Project Name:

Provincial Agricultural Services II-PROSAP II



Project Type:

Loan Operation

IDB Invest Financing:

USD 200,000,000.00

Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents
Filing of Request


Request received by Executive Secretariat



November 3, 2010





Notice of registration of Request and transfer to the Consultation Phase



December 9, 2010

The document is available only in spanish


Eligibility for the Consultation Phase


Eligibility due date



December 23, 2010

(15 business days from date of transfer to the Consultation Phase)



Issuance of Eligibility Memorandum



January 3, 2011

The Eligibility Memorandum is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.



Eligibility memorandum distributed to the Board of Executive Directors



January 10, 2011





Assessment due date



May 3, 2011

(120 calendar days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum)



Issuance of Assessment Report



April 29, 2011

The Assessment Report is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.



Assessment Report distributed to the Board of Executive Directors



May 10, 2011



Consultation Exercise


Beginning of the consultation exercise



May 10, 2011




Issuance of Consultation Phase Report



May 24, 2011

The Consultation Phase Report is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.



Consultation Phase Report distributed to the Board of Executive Directors



June 13, 2011