REMEMBERING RISK? URBAN FLOOD MANAGEMENT IN ARGENTINA

S. Ullberg, CRISMART, SNDS, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract

The process of planning for disaster risk reduction and disaster management involves an array of ideas and practices when estimating probabilities, calculating effects and imagining uncertainties. Such processes take place with temporalities that are based on past experience, present knowledge and future scenarios. Multiple governmental and non governmental institutions are involved in such a complex field of action enacted by politicians, government officials, scholars and activists. This paper explores the case of the city of Santa Fe in the northeast of Argentina where disastrous flooding is a historical and recurrent problem. In particular it focuses on how past floods and flooding in the past is remembered — and forgotten — within different institutions in order to understand how these processes forge risky people, places, and practices of the urban landscape.

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