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The government of the Netherlands has provided 7.1bn pesos (US$3.78mn) to improve the management of Colombia's river basins, the latter country's environment, housing and development ministry (MAVDT) reported.
Funds will go towards initiatives to improve management of the Magdalena and Cauca river basins, smaller basins in Chinchiná, Gualí and Pamplonita, and the western slopes of the Magdalena river wetlands.
A pilot project will be drawn up in the next three years aiming for more efficient use of water throughout some 470ha of land and defining measures to administer renewable natural resources from the above-listed basins.
The initiative will benefit some 2.4mn people in departmental capitals Barranquilla, Manizales and Cúcuta, as well as in urban areas including Soledad, Chinchiná, Pamplona and Villa del Rosario, among others.
The project will be carried out and co-financed by autonomous regional corporations, MAVDT, regional environmental authorities known as Asocars, and other organizations.