Roundup: IDB, JICA, Morales irrigation funds, Sosba agreement

- Thursday, February 10, 2011

Roundup: IDB, JICA, Morales irrigation funds, Sosba agreement

Nicaragua's national assembly has greenlighted a US$30mn IDB loan to create a potable water program for Managua province.

Works include installing 54.6km of tubing and 8,342 new potable water connections, repairing 50 wells and building 11 new ones, and improving sanitation services in 16 communities.

The program, to be carried out by Nicaraguan national water and sewerage utility Enacal, will benefit 20 communities in the province.

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Venezuela's environment ministry (Minamb) and Japan's government have agreed to study the Matícora y Tocuyo de la Costa reservoirs in Falcón state, as well as the Socuy and Tulé reservoirs in Zulia state.

Four experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA will visit the reservoirs with Venezuelan specialists later this month before drawing up a report including preventative measures to be applied particularly during periods of heavy rain.

The documents will be submitted to Minamb for review.

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales has urged municipal governments to draw up projects to install improved irrigation systems in an effort to combat the severe drought plaguing the country.

Morales previously said the government would allocate US$30,000 to each of the country's 37 municipalities, to be used for irrigation projects. Funding will be distributed in March or April this year, according to state news agency ABI.

The move is part of the government's efforts to preserve natural resources affected by global warming and climate change.

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Argentina's infrastructure ministry has signed an agreement with Buenos Aires sanitary workers' union Sosba to develop joint projects to strengthen the province's sanitation infrastructure, according to a provincial release.

"Together with water sector employees, we've been able to invest over 1.3bn pesos [US$323mn] in both completed and pending projects, benefiting 1.5mn people," said infrastructure minister Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez.

The provincial government will shortly open a new potable water plant to serve La Plata, Berisso, Ensenada and Florencio Varela, the minister said.