Santa Fe’s resilience journey
Santa Fe, in the northeast of Argentina, lies near the junction of two of South America’s major waterways, the Paraná River and the Salado River. Severe floods in 2003 and 2007 highlighted Santa Fe’s vulnerability, both in terms of physical devastation and the broad impact that such events have on poorer communities. Santa Fe has joined with provincial and national government agencies to improve the maintenance of its water management system. The city is working to improve communication, education, and community awareness around risk prevention.
City government recognizes 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.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
Executive Director of Resilience
Agustín Botteron is a civil engineer, a graduate of the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Facultad Regional Santa Fe. Since 2005, he has worked in different technical tasks and consultancies related to structures and civil works, construction, drinking water supply systems, irrigation, and urban drainage. Since 2008, he has been teaching Reinforced Concrete Structures at the Santa Fe National Technical School of Roads.
Agustín’s studies include six months between 2004 and 2005 at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, as the holder of a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In 2016, he graduated with an MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts, where he was a fellow of the Argentine Cabinet Office and the Fulbright Scholarship Program for master’s degrees in Science and Technology. During his time in the US, Augustín presented his academic work at various events, and worked as a teaching assistant on a graduate course on water management at the Harvard Extension School.
Between 2016 and 2019 Agustín served as Vice Director of Resilience, supporting the design and implementation of Santa Fe’s Resilience Strategy. Currently, he is Executive Director of Resilience in the Agency of Cooperation, Investment, and Foreign Trade of the Government of the City of Santa Fe, where he articulates the urban resilience agenda of the city with R-Cities and other international partners.