City will have to Move People:WATER SHORTAGE (Posted By Mike Mecke)
Vanishing glaciers imperil La Paz
Fears are growing for the future of water supplies in one of Latin America’s fastest-growing urban areas – Bolivia’s sprawling capital of La Paz and its twin El Alto.
Scientists monitoring the glaciers high in the Andes mountains – a key source of water – say the ice is showing signs of shrinking faster than previously forecast.
In fact it’s happened several years sooner………………………………………
Faced with a booming population and a combination of glacial retreat and reduced rainfall, the governor of the La Paz region is even contemplating moving people to other parts of Bolivia.
Water is already in short supply among the poorest communities and has become a cause of tension…………………………………..
I asked the governor of the La Paz region, Pablo Ramos, how he was responding to the latest studies into the future of water supplies.
One answer is that new reservoirs may be built and underground sources tapped.
But it’s clear that these solutions may not be enough and Mr Ramos is starting to consider a far more radical solution – trying to move people away.
He told BBC news: “We are thinking about a planned programme of migration, mainly to the north of the region.”
On a large map in his office, he pointed to an area of well-watered rainforest and explained his plans for new settlements. For sure there’s going to be a huge movement of people – planned and unplanned.”
La Paz already has one global claim to fame: as the world’s highest capital.
If the most extreme climate predictions are right, and water shortages become severe, it may acquire another claim in coming decades: as the world’s first capital to run so dry that it has to turn people away.
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