MMAyA kicks off studies for Isquillani water management project

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bolivia's environment and water ministry (MMAyA) has launched studies on the final design of a project to improve water management and build a dam on the Isquillani basin in Oruro department's Turco municipality.

The studies will cost 1.3mn bolivianos (US$187,000). IDB is providing 80% of the total cost, and the national treasury will provide the rest, MMAyA said in a release.

The studies involve evaluating water levels on the high plains for irrigation use, with the aim of promoting sustainable development in the area.

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"This is a project that MMAyA is carrying out to adapt to the climate change phenomenon which puts agriculture and livestock at risk in the high plains, mainly due to recurring droughts," said MMAyA's irrigation department head, Miguel Blanco.