Right to the City and Water Crisis in São Paulo (Brazil): Challenges and Opportunities for Urban Environmental Governance Strategies

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 16:15
Oral Presentation
Pedro Henrique TORRES, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo is a metropolis with approximately 12 million inhabitants according to the latest official estimates. The environmental crisis faced by several mega-cities in the world, both in the Global-South and in the Global North, has hit São Paulo with force at the beginning of this century. The general objective of this work is to analyze the challenges and opportunities in terms of environmental governance, from the water crisis that hit São Paulo State between 2014 and 2016. Although the mentioned water crisis has reached a considerable part of the State of São Paulo, the frame for the present work is in the metropolitan region - home for approximately 21.2 million inhabitants. The specific objective here is, on the one hand, to analyze the proposals and projects adopted by the authorities at the time, comparing with the projects and demands presented by civil society, in a perspective of environmental justice. On the other hand, this presentation also seeks, in an articulation between academic knowledge and public policies, to reflect on possible strategies and tools to be used for a better management of water resources. In this sense, the possibilities of using the concept of ecological corridors and urban linear parks as tools of environmental governance will be analyzed in order to face the water crisis of the São Paulo metropole. These projects, however, need to be evaluated from the point of view of the local people, and their demands. In a debate on the commodification of water, environmental crisis and the right to the city.