Panama Considers Proposal to Regulate Water Use for Hydropower

15 Aug 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Lawyers from Panama's Environmental Advocacy Center (CIAM) and members of NGO the Foundation for Integral Community Development and Conversation of Ecosystems of Panama (Fundicep) have presented the country's National Assembly with a proposal to regulate the amount of river water that can be used in hydropower projects.CIAM’s Luisa Araúz said the proposed legislation sought to maintain sufficient water in rivers to ensure their survival, as well as to satisfy the needs of communities.Damaris Sánchez of Fundicep said Chiriquí province has the largest number of hydropower projects. Existing legislation allocates 90 percent of river water for hydroelectricity generation, ignoring other human activities in the area’s basins...

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