Santa Fe, in the northeast of Argentina, lies near the junction of two of South America’s major waterways: the Paraná and Salado rivers. Severe floods in 2003 and 2007 highlighted Santa Fe’s vulnerability, both in terms of physical devastation and the broad impact such events have on poorer communities. Santa Fe has joined with provincial and national government agencies to improve the maintenance of their water management system. The city is working to improve communication, education, and community awareness around risk prevention.

Officials recognize that resilience plans must address poverty, including the disparity of the effects of flooding, and are concerned about how inequality can exacerbate violence and marginalization across the region and increase vandalism of infrastructure.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Rainfall Flooding

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Santa Fe's CRO

Andrea Valsagna comes to the position of Chief Resilience Officer from the Municipality of Santa Fe, where she was the Secretary of Communications. In this role, she is responsible for articulating and institutionalizing communication policy in coordination with the Development Plan, “Santa Fe 2020”. She also worked closely with the Center Emergency Operations and has represented the City of Santa Fe in international conferences and meetings on Disaster Risk Reduction of UN among other responsibilities.
Prior to this, she was the Director of Communication for the Municipality of Santa Fe for four years. During that time, she developed the press team, the Image and Institutional Communication Program, the Citizen Service System and the Risk Communication Programme, among others. She has experience in extension projects and in teaching about risk management and crisis communication, specially related to water risk in Santa Fe city; also in institutional communication for civil society organizations.
She has a degree in Social Communication, which she earned at the School of Science Education from the Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos. She is a professor of Visual Communication Design and of Journalism at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral. Her work has been published in different publications and reports regarding her specialty.

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