Canal del Dique innovative flood control design

Examples of Colombia’s investments in Integrated Water Resource Management include the integrated approach to the recurring floods in the area of the river Cauca, and the restoration of the Canal del Dique that connects the Bay of Cartagena with the Magdalena River.

Following the severe floods caused by La Niña at the end of 2010, the urgent need to reinforce the Canal del Dique became the most important item on the agenda. Fondo Adaptación chose the Colombian infrastructure services company Gómez Cajiao and Royal HaskoningDHV as the consortia to provide advice on restoring and reinforcing the 400-year-old and 117-km-long Canal del Dique. What does this project mean for Colombia? ‘The project not only provides protection to the population who live along the Canal del Dique, but it also helps to create a sustainable living environment. It also gives an economic boost to the trade which passes through the docklands in the city of Cartagena’.