The vibrant Spanish port of Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is a center for tourism, entertainment, sports, and other industries. However, high unemployment has increased the number of people unable to find homes, make mortgage payments, or afford utilities such as water, electricity, and gas. This problem has also impacted social structures, putting stress on traditional family cohesion.

In the last decade, Barcelona has faced a number of infrastructure failures—including the loss of main transportation lines and a significant power outage—officials created cross-cutting resilience teams to analyze shocks and respond with a coordinated effort. The city has also begun to address its pollution challenges, creating projects that promote renewable energies, reducing the use of fossil fuels at the port, increasing public transportation, and adopting electric vehicles for the city’s automotive fleet to decrease air and noise pollution.  In its responses to these challenges and others, Barcelona is at the cutting edge of resilience planning and thinking.

Resilience Challenges

  • Coastal Flooding
  • Heat Wave
  • High Unemployment
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Social Inequity

Snapshot of Barcelona

  • 1,611,000

    Population as of 2011

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