Panama City has seen tremendous growth in recent years that has led to strains on its urban infrastructure, especially related to potable water supplies. The main sources of water for human consumption, the Gatam and Alajuela lakes, are subject to increased pressure from two sides; population growth and climate change. Their use as reserves for the Panama Canal means that their decline would have critical economic consequences for the city as well. The administration of the water collection basins by the Panama Canal Authority, the country’s most efficient management organization, guarantees that continued efforts are made to address these growing challenges.

Panama City has a network of natural drainage systems that have been seriously impacted by urban development. Flooding terraces and watersheds are being compromised to make room for new developments, while the combined storm drain and sanitation system is over capacity due to lack of maintenance and development. As a result, increased incidence of intense flooding events have the potential to bring the city to a standstill, impacting transportation networks, communication infrastructure, and commerce.

Resilience Challenges

  • Disease Outbreak
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Landslide
  • Pollution or Environmental Degradation
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Social Inequity
  • Water Management Issues

Snapshot of Panama City

  • 801,000

    population as of 2013

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