Impact of Climate Variability on the Coastal Areas of Argentina and Uruguay in the River Plate Estuary

The Paraná River Delta in Argentina is considered to be highly vulnerable to climate change. Recurrent flooding affects the Argentinean municipality of Tigre, a heavily populated neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and the Uruguayan department of Colonía on the opposite side of the river. Both areas host coastal fishing communities, wetlands, intense tourism and growing real estate investment. Existing information on the geomorphological, social and economic impact of climate change events is inadequate for evidence-based planning in either area.

This project will assess the present and future vulnerability of both coasts to the climate change scenarios that local communities are expected to face in the short and medium term, taking into consideration actual and possible physical, socioeconomic and institutional conditions. Working on two pilot sites in each country, researchers will collect physical, social and economic data, and assess the impact of climate change in relation to land use regulations and watershed management. A comparative analysis of this information will enable the research team to produce a set of vulnerability and risk management plans for presentation to local and national authorities in each of the two countries. Local governments and communities, which stand to benefit directly from the project, will be involved in the research from its inception.

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Start Date

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

End Date

Saturday, September 27, 2014


32 months

IDRC Officer

Ubal Giordano, Walter

Total funding

CA$ 414,000


Argentina, South America, Uruguay, North and Central America


Climate Change

Project Leader

Almansi, Florencia


Instituto Internacional de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo

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