Govts forming binational committee to oversee Zarumilla river basin

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A group of experts from Peru and Ecuador have met in Peruvian coastal city Tumbes to discuss implementing a binational committee to oversee the Zarumilla river basin.

The committee will be responsible for promoting, drawing up, and approving the necessary actions to regulate water resources on the binational river basin. The body will also formulate guidelines and projects to preserve the basin, Peru's national water authority ANA said in a release.

The committee will be comprised of government officials from both countries. From Peru, participants include officials from ANA, the foreign relations ministry, the agriculture and environment ministries, the Tumbes regional government, and others.

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Ecuadorian members will include officials from national water authority Senagua, the planning and development department (Senplades), the environment ministry, and the El Oro provincial government, among others.

The Zarumilla river basin extends 900km2 and is located between Uruguay's El Oro province and Peru's northwestern Tumbes region.