Latin America :

Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Chili, Brasil, Uruguay

Environment, Resource management

1993 à ce jour

The RACAL Project (Red de Analisis y Control Ambiental Latinoamericana)


Organism: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Address: Guatemala City
Direction: Dr Elfego Rolando Lopez


Institute: Institut des sciences et technologies de l’environnement (ISTE)
Laboratoire de chimie environnementale et écotoxicologie (CECOTOX)
Faculty: Environnement Naturel, Architectural et Construit (ENAC)

Bât. GR, Ecublens
1015 Lausanne, Suisse

Phone: + 41 21 – 693 27 12
Fax: + 41 21 – 693 57 60
Direction: Prof. Joseph Tarradellas


Environmental protection against chemical pollutants is a growing necessity in Latin America that needs the development of research centers that are trained and active in environmental analytical chemistry. The problems to study and to do the research as well as the socio-economic boundary conditions are quite similar in most of the Latin American countries. These are reason why RACAL (Red de Analisis y Control Ambiental Latinoamericana) was created in 1993.

The institutions joining RACAL programm have allowed to define the following main topics for a pratical cooperative action :

  • Concept of intercalibration and reference materials
  • Development of joint research programmes
  • Mutual training activities
  • Promotion of Universities in environmental studies
  • Establishment of a joint scientific basis to develop legal environmental policies

These topics correspond to the most urgent pratical needs of the Latin American research groups already involved in environmental analytical chemistry with the motivation to give more adequate and more effective answers to striking environmental problems of their countries.