|Overview : OBJECTIVES OF THE GROUNDWATER ASSESSMENT -
The overall objective of the consultancy is to support the Government of Belize, Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture in completing an assessment of Belize’s groundwater resources in the southern coastal water province of Belize referred to as the Savannah Groundwater province. The Company/Firm/Organization will provide expertise in conducting a hydrological assessment of existing ground water resources and associated supporting water catchment grounds and to the extent possible determine the extent of ground water resources degradation based on past and current land use practices as well as provision of estimates of the ground water potential in the delineated region.
Main deliveries include the classification of the hydro-geological characteristics of the province, a definition of its boundaries, the provision of an aggregated overview of the current groundwater potential, and an integrated groundwater assessment study which is to serve as the basis for regional groundwater development master plan.
Although needed for the whole Savannah Province, this assessment study should initially focus on those areas which support growing population centers as well as those areas which are expected to support large expansions in the various developmental sectors including tourism, agriculture and aquaculture. For those areas supporting population centers a more detailed assessment of the spatial and vertical extent of the groundwater quality and quantity is required as a means of determining the feasibility of utilizing groundwater resource as an alternative for water supply options in the light of climate change.|