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2016-09-02

LKS aids The Inter-American Development Bank in the sustainable development of The Municipality of Campeche, Mexico

LKS will work with the University of Cantabria in the integral sanitation and coastal regeneration of the San Francisco Bay of Campeche in Mexico.  Within the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative Program (ICES), the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) will be supported by the team UNICAN-LKS for the development of an investment study for integral sanitation, storm drainage and coastal recovery of the Mexican municipality.

Campeche entered the Emerging and Sustainable Cities (ICES) initiative in 2013, promoted by the IDB throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Studies to date consider that the current situation of the bay could be improved and that the integral sanitation of the city can be a key part of its future.  Obviously, a healthy bay, with good water quality, can be an important attraction for both tourism and for fishing or for the development of leisure activities for the inhabitants of the municipality.  This study aims to contribute permanently to the incorporation of the bay as a basic resource for the city, establishing the necessary systems for the correct management of rainwater and sewage.  This contribution will also allow the preservation of the large aquifer another vital element that supplies the city in which much of the wastewater is currently deposited.

Thus the aim of this work is to structure a comprehensive sanitation plan characterizing the current state of the system with a prioritization of the environmental criteria that will govern the sanitation system, and evaluating design alternatives for the system with the final selection of the most advantageous.  In addition to the tasks more directly linked to the infrastructure of the sanitation system, such as the characterization of the drainage and sanitation, it also covers works for zoning of coastal areas (based on the established environmental objectives), the integration of adaptation measures to climate change or the definition of a citizen participation program involving the population in the process and in evaluating subsequent results.