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Redefining risk from below: political responses to landslide risk assessments in the informal settlements of Bogota, Colombia

Fraser, Aarabella

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Manoj Roy
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Sally Cawood
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Michaela Hordijk
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David Hulme
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Abstract


This chapter examines the construction of urban risk as an entry point to urban adaptation, with emphasis on the what, who and how' questions of adaptation. It examines three case study communities with differential exposure and vulnerability to landslide risk in Bogota, Colombia. The chapter concludes with reflections on the implications for understanding urban adaptation. The research used a case study of the disaster risk management system in Bogota, Colombia, and in particular the ladera or hill-slopes programme, which has a long history of operation in some of the poorest areas of the city. Livelihoods approaches can be considered as both a conceptual vehicle and operational framework for understanding social vulnerability to climate risk. Numerous authors writing about urban disaster risk note the potential for societal contestation versus dominant knowledge actors around the causes, nature of and possible solutions to disaster-related risks.

This chapter examines the construction of urban risk as an entry point to urban adaptation, with emphasis on the what, who and how' questions of adaptation. It examines three case study communities with differential exposure and vulnerability to landslide risk in Bogota, Colombia. The chapter concludes with reflections on the implications for understanding urban adaptation. The research used a case study of the disaster risk management system in Bogota, Colombia, and in particular the ladera or hill-slopes programme, which has a long history of operation in some of the poorest areas of the city. Livelihoods approaches can be considered as both a conceptual vehicle and operational framework for understanding social vulnerability to climate risk. Numerous authors writing about urban disaster risk note the potential for societal contestation versus dominant knowledge actors around the causes, nature of and possible solutions to disaster-related risks.

Publication Date 2016
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Book Title Urban poverty and climate change: life in the slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America
Chapter Number 13
APA6 Citation Fraser, A. (2016). Redefining risk from below: political responses to landslide risk assessments in the informal settlements of Bogota, Colombia. In M. Roy, S. Cawood, M. Hordijk, & D. Hulme (Eds.), Urban poverty and climate change: life in the slums of Asia, Africa and Latin AmericaTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
Publisher URL https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317506980/chapters/10.4324%2F9781315716435-13
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