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Freshwater occurs in the form of permanent ice or snow, locked up in Antarctica and Greenland, or in deep groundwater aquifers. The principal sources of water for human use are lakes, rivers, soil moisture and relatively shallow groundwater basins. Much of this available water is located far from human populations, further complicating issues of water use. The replenishment of freshwater depends on evaporation from the surface of the oceans.

Assessments of Freshwater in:


Latin America and the Caribbean
(from the GEO 3 report)

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Latin America and the Caribbean
(from the GEO LAC 2000 report)

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Data on Freshwater in
Latin America and the Caribbean

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(from the GEO Caribbean report)

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(from GEO Barbados - State of the Environment Report 2000)

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(from Environment Outlook of Cuba 2000)

    archivo pdf (410Kb)

Costa Rica
(from Costa Rica Environment Outlook 2002)

    archivo pdf (510Kb)

(from Nicaragua State of the Environment Report 2001)

    archivo pdf (68Kb)

(from Panama Environmental Report 1999)

    archivo pdf (249Kb)

(from Country Report: Chile State of the Environment 1999)

    archivo pdf (768Kb)

(from Peru National State of the Environment Report 2000)

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