Roundup: Chavimochic, recycling, Cohana bay, Katari river cleanup

- Thursday, May 26, 2011

Roundup: Chavimochic, recycling, Cohana bay, Katari river cleanup

The multi-sector taskforce formed by Peru's agriculture ministry (Minag) to oversee the execution of the third and final phase of the Chavimochic irrigation project held its first session on May 24.

The group is formed by Minag, water authority ANA, economy and finance ministry MEF, private investment promotion agency ProInversión, concessionaire Proyecto Chavimochic and La Libertad regional government officials, ANA said in a separate release.

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During the two-day meeting, officials were to evaluate a series of feasibility studies for construction of the Palo Redondo reservoir and the Madre Moche-Chicama canal, among others.

The US$550mn project is scheduled to be tendered on June 20. Work involves building a 150m3-capacity reservoir and irrigation systems to cover 60,000ha of land in La Libertad region's Chao, Viru and Moche valleys.

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The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), IDB's water and sanitation division, Fundación Avina and the Coca-Cola Company have launched a regional program to integrate informal waste collectors into the recycling market.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also supporting the program, which will begin with capital of US$8.4mn, IDB said in a release.

MIF is providing US$4mn to finance the project, while IDB, Avina and Coca-Cola will contribute US$1mn, US$1.4mn and US$2mn, respectively.

An estimated 4mn people in Latin America live on income earned from the collection of recyclable waste materials.

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The environment and climate change division of Bolivia's environment and water ministry MMAyA has completed an initial proposal for an integrated recovery plan for Cohana bay and the Katari river basin.

The proposal outlines a strategy with short, medium and long-term objectives to reduce contamination in the waters, which feed Lake Titicaca, MMAyA said in a release.

The document will be reviewed by various local and national government authorities who will provide suggestions and changes before the final document is completed.