Panama seeks study of 10 river basins

On behalf of the government of Panama, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) seeks consultants to map the hydraulic supply and demand balance of 10 high-priority river basins in Panama. Expressions of interest are due August 25.

IADB said the Bank Netherlands Water Partnership Program provided funding to Panama’s National Plan of Integrated Management of Hydraulic Resources for Panama’s environmental agency, Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente. The solicitation is expected to take 10 months at an estimated cost of US$120,000.

Work is to include development of a monthly hydraulic balance between supply and demand by hydrographic river basins. It is to include availability of surface and groundwater recharge in 10 high-priority river basins of the 52 basins in Panama. The consultant is to design a method of calculating ecological volumes, incorporate monthly demands on water use and potential pollutant loads, and develop a geo-referenced information system with maps of the variables in the hydrologic cycle.

Expressions of interest are to be sent by 3 p.m., Washington, D.C., U.S.A., time, August 25, via e-mail to the addresses below. Short-listed companies are to be sent terms of reference for the work on September 5, with bids to be submitted by October 5.

For information, contact Inter-American Develoment Bank, Eli Nessim,; Rodrigo Coloane,; Carlos Tovar,; and Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente, Luis Escalante,; and Hilda Candanedo,

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