Study sought of climate change effects on Central America hydro

The Latin America energy organization invites expressions of interest from consultants to study the vulnerability of Central America hydroelectric systems to the effects of climate change. Responses are due December 17.

The Organizacion Latinoamericana de Energia (OLADE) has requested funding from the Inter-American Development Bank for the study of hydroelectric systems in Central American countries, including Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Because climate change is expected to affect the hydrological cycle, it could affect water resources and hydropower generation.

OLADE seeks consultants who are fluent in Spanish to collect and analyze available information on climate variability and the effects they have on the energy sector. The consultant also is to study the impact of climate change on major climatic variables in Central America.

Work is to include case studies in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama of the vulnerability of their hydroelectric systems to climate change. For each case study, the consultant is to analyze the benefits and costs of adaptation to climate change. The consultant is to develop a methodology for assessing vulnerability to climate change in other hydroelectric systems of Central America and in the surrounding communities.

The work also is to include capacity building and dissemination of study results through workshops and technical meetings. The contract is to require 18 months.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due to the address below by mail or e-mail by 5 p.m. December 17. For information, contact Organizacion Latinoamericana de Energia (OLADE), Attn.: Jorge Asturias Ozaeta, Coordinador Oficina, OLADE-Centroamerica, 23 Calle 21-12 zona 12, Oficina Subregional OLADE-Centroamerica, Edificio Direccion General de Energia, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala; (502) 24196363; Fax: (502) 24196310; E-mail: jorge.asturias@olade.org, din@olade.org; Internet: www.olade.org.ec.

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