Voices of Arraigo: Redefining relocation for landslide-affected communities in the informal settlements of Bogota, Colombia

López Meneses, Duvan H.; Fraser, Arabella and Cañadas, Sonia Hita (2021). Voices of Arraigo: Redefining relocation for landslide-affected communities in the informal settlements of Bogota, Colombia. In: Ajibade, Idowu Jola and Siders, A. R. eds. Global Views on Climate Relocation and Social Justice. London: Routledge, pp. 127–141.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003141457-10

Abstract

The Arraigo network in Bogota, Colombia, brings together communities affected by climate risk and relocation policies. Through the presentation of testimonies from Arraigo members, this chapter shows how relocation policies have been implemented and contested in the city’s informal settlements, with consequences for well-being, livelihoods, and broader adaptation governance. Uncovering such voices offers a different pathway for considering climate-related relocations and articulating alternative visions of risk reduction in urban spaces. Urban citizens must be involved in deliberating how relocation options are justified and enacted on the basis of understanding the multiple social and spatial dynamics that lead to the production of risk, and in the context of reshaping urban space in the interests of social justice and sustainability. Community platforms such as Arraigo can play a vital role in making visible the human impacts of relocation, and informing the ways in which relocation plans and policies can be implemented in partnership with communities.

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