This space is dedicated to promote the work of the local governments participating in the Global Campaign "Making Cities Resilient: Mi City is Getting Ready". Every month, experiences on how local governments deal with risk management in the Americas will be presented.

Municipality of the Month April 2015

Esteban Echeverria, Argentina:
Intergovernmental Coordination to strentgtnen the City Resilience

By: Lautaro Lorenzo
Subsecretario Agencia para el Desarrollo Sostenible

For Esteban Echeverria´s Local Government, the participation in this Campaign is an opportunity to strengthen the risk reduction work and exchange experiences with national and international actors.

As Esteban Echeverría Mayor, Mr. Fernando Gray, said: “ it´s inadmisible to manage a Local Government and not to worry and look to basic needs: clean water and sewers. Population Statistics about citizens without  acces to those services are overwhelming.And that´s what we are trying to revert. In 2007, just 19% of citizens had acces to sewers. Nowadays, we reach 69% of citizens”

According to Argentina´s second communication  to The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, important changes have been detected in what refers to some Argentina´s climate trends. Those affectations means for Rio de la Plata´s coast ( zone where Esteban Echeverría is located) an increase in what refers to extreme rainfall. This could carry a potential economic impact caused by public services infrastructure and building industry floods.

From our Government we have articulated with national and provincial implementing agencies work to strengthen our Resilient capabilities. We defined our contingency and action plans, making focus in flood problems and anticipating middle intensity climatic events.

In seven years we have increase from 37% to 60% the population that receive mains water and from 11% to 30% population served by sewer. Besides, a provincial nature reserve has been created and covers 25% of Esteban Echeverría territory. It is an area of ​​wetlands that provides valuable environmental services to the territory.

On the other hand, we are working collaboratively with ACUMAR (Authority of the Matanza-Riachuelo watershed) and with some prestigious National Universities in what refers to territorial planning. As you can see, we constantly generate management and participatory decision making processes. 

To know more about our Government experience, you can visit our profile in this link.

To get information about this Campaign or knowing about other participating cities, go to this link.



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