Argentina

Active Grants: 11

GDP (current US$): 637.59 billion (2017)

Population: 44.27 million (2017)

Major Partners

Japan Ministry of Finance; Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT); World Bank

INFORM Risk Rating: 2.3

Risk data from INFORM, a global open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters, uses a scale from 0-10, with 10 as the highest level of risk.

Primary Hazards

Context

Natural Hazard Risk

Argentina is vulnerable to numerous natural hazards, including coastal and river floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes. Estimates indicate Argentineans have a higher natural disaster loss per capita than most countries in the region.

Argentina is among the ten emerging economies world-wide with the highest flood hazard exposure. Over the past two decades, estimated losses due to floods exceeded $3 billion per year, equivalent to roughly 0.7 percent of gross domestic product in 2012. In the province of Buenos Aires, 2000—11 floods caused nearly $4.5 billion in losses and affected 5.5 million people, with a particularly negative impact on poverty alleviation, economic development, and transit connectivity

Sea level rise is projected to increase Buenos Aires Province’s coastal flood risk. Climate change is also expected to cause temperature rise and higher occurrence of extreme weather events, including excess rainfall leading to river flooding.  With nearly 47 percent of the land used for agriculture, crop yields and economic development would be significantly affected. Additionally, the northern and northeastern parts of the country are expected to suffer from desertification, further affecting agricultural productivity.

Government Priorities

The government is developing institutional and regulatory frameworks to strengthen disaster and climate resilience. Early government efforts largely focused on earthquake risk, with the National Institute for Seismic Prevention carrying out policy for seismic risk reduction and preparedness.

Disaster risk management (DRM) is the responsibility of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The National Civil Protection Directorate coordinates disaster relief policy, plans, and federal interventions with local actors—including damage assessments.

Strengthening the disaster and climate resilience of the agriculture sector is a priority. A 2009 national system creates a regulatory framework for post-disaster financing for the agricultural sector; defines agricultural emergencies; and delineates central and local government responsibilities. In the city of Buenos Aires, reducing urban flood risk and improving drainage systems have been focal points, with support from the World Bank.

To further advance its DRM agenda, the Government of Argentina is prioritizing:   

  • Enhancing the legal and institutional framework to better prioritize national and provincial actions to increase Argentina’s resilience to natural hazards;
  • Strengthening capacities to conduct hazard and risk assessments for improved decision-making;  
  • Developing a risk-informed financial risk management strategy;
  • Reducing exposure to extreme flooding in the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes, and Buenos Aires; and,
  • Supporting the city of Buenos Aires to efficiently manage flood risk and improve drainage systems in the Cildáñez, Maldonado, and Vega Basins while improving transport accessibility and reducing the impact on the poor. 
GFDRR progress to date

GFDRR support to help build disaster resilience in Argentina began in 2015. Current activities are technical assistance to promote climate resilient infrastructure development. Support is helping improve connectivity and road safety along targeted sections, as well as support corridor development in northwestern Argentina.

Under the City Resilience Program, two Argentine cities (Santa Fe and San Salvador de Jujuy) participated in the Comprehensive Financial Solutions for City Resilience Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2017. During the conference, a rapid capital assessment was conducted to understand the underlying conditions for private capital mobilization through (i) direct borrowing from commercial sources; (ii) PPP/concessions structuring; and (iii) mobilization of equity through land-value capture. In addition, Buenos Aires will be preparing a concrete Capital Investment Plan to enable mobilizing various sources of private capital to finance resilient urban infrastructure.  

Previous GFDRR activities have provided analytical support to strengthen Argentina’s DRM strategy; assessed the legal and institutional DRM framework; advanced knowledge of hazard and risk assessments; and developed a nation-wide risk financing strategy. Initial activities provided recommendations for national expenditures on DRM and integrating hazard and risk information into land-use planning.  

GFDRR has also supported analytical products and knowledge exchange to strengthen the government’s understanding of its DRM challenges and solutions. In 2016, GFDRR supported a technical deep dive on integrated urban flood risk management to provide Argentina and other developing countries the opportunity for knowledge exchange and gaining solutions for project design and implementation.

GFDRR anticipates continued demand from the Government of Argentina for activities on:

  • Establishing strategies to mainstream disaster risk analysis into decision-making
  • Assessing and strengthening institutional DRM capacities at the sub-national level, particularly in northwestern provinces;
  • Advancing knowledge on disaster risk assessments and risk financing strategies; 
  • Enhancing DRM through improved urban and territorial planning and through flood mitigation investments to protect households from disaster-induced poverty;
  • Strengthening government capacity for hydro-meteorology, particularly in the province of Buenos Aires; and,
  • Enhancing resilience in major urban centers, including the municipality of Buenos Aires.

Grants Awarded by GFDRR 2007 - Present

World Bank Engagements 2012 – Present

Project Description
Adaptation Fund: Increasing Climate Resilience & Enhancing Sustainable Land Management in the Southwest of the Buenos Aires Province
$3.96 million | Start date: 04/2014 (Ongoing)

The project development objective is to reduce climate vulnerability of the agriculture sector in the Southwest of the Buenos Aires Province by increasing the adaptive capacity of key local institutions and actors, and piloting climate resilient and sustainable land management measures.

AR Flood Risk Management Support Project for the City of Buenos Aires
$200 million | Start date: 04/2016 (Ongoing)

The development objective of the Flood Risk Management Support Project for the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires for Argentina is to strengthen the autonomous city of Buenos Aires (CABA) to efficiently manage flood risk and improve the drainage systems in the Cildanez basin, Maldonado basin, and Vega basin.

Salado Integrated River Basin Management Support Project
$300 million | Start date: 04/2017 (Ongoing )

The development objective of the Salado Integrated River Basin Management Support Project for Argentina is to enhance flood protection and strengthen the capacity of the responsible institutions for integrated water resources monitoring and management in the Salado River Basin.

Northwestern Road Development Corridor Project
$300 million | Start date: 12/2017 (Ongoing )

The development objectives of Northwestern Road Development Corridor Project for Argentina are to improve connectivity and road safety along targeted road sections of the Northwestern Corridor and to support corridor development in the Northwest of Argentina.

Integrated Risk Management in the Rural Agroindustrial System
$150 million | Start date: 05/2018 (Ongoing)

The development objective of the Integrated Risk Management in the Rural Agroindustrial System Project for Argentina is to improve the management of agricultural risks by eligible beneficiaries and selected public institutions.