Colima is a growing center of commerce and service industries, and has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in Mexico. However, Colima’s transportation infrastructure has not kept pace with its growth, leading to longer commute times and an increasing number of cars, generating more congestion and pollution. Inadequate public transportation also affects inaccessible communities, and can generate further engender crime and poverty.

Colima also faces a host of environmental challenges; A 2004 earthquake injured hundreds and left 10,000 residents without homes, while a hurricane in 2015 led to flood damage to infrastructure. A multi-level government response including shelters, food distribution, and emergency medical responders helped limit the human cost of hurricanes due to the availability of early warning systems, but further actions are necessary to strengthen the city’s civil protection in the face of growing resilience challenges.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Crime / Violence
  • Drug / Alcohol Abuse
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Volcanic Activity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Colima's CRO

Jorge Ortiz-Moreno holds a BSc on Environmental Science from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a MSc on Urban Development Planning from University College London (UCL). He has been working in the urban-environmental sector as consultant, entrepreneur and public official. Since 2011 Jorge has been involved in several initiatives aimed to promote grassroots innovations as a tool for sustainable development in Mexico. Likewise, Jorge has experience on leading participatory planning processes in vulnerable peri-urban settlements.

Snapshot of Colima

  • 266,860

    population as of 2010

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