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Dakar, Senegal 

Pilot 3.3 — Risk and Inequalities (floodings)


For more than 20 years, precarious neighborhoods in the suburbs of Dakar have faced regular flooding. UrbaSEN and the Federation Senegalaise des Habitants (FSH) are two senegalese associations trying to mitigate floods using (1) a revolving “Urban Poor Fund” operated by savings groups and used to catalyse projects; and (2) participatory mapping to identify challenges and aspirations and facilitate dialogue with public authorities. This pilot project constitutes a “mirror case” in which to reflect on pan-European strategies designed to address environmental injustices.

Topic: Risk and inequalities (Brussels, Dakar, London)

Flooding is known to be the most prevalent risk associated with climate change. Unequally distributed, this risk often compounds existing spatial and housing inequalities. It is also a space / location for interesting experiments (Rotative funds against flooding in Senegal) and vast alliances with the Etats Généraux de l’Eau (EGEB) in the Brussels region. Both locations have strong records in original co-productions that have been recognized by local authorities. Another risk is associated with the pandemic, worked out collectively (London recovery plan) and also assessed in Ile de France in terms of collaborative and solidarity urban action.

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