Quito’s resilience has been tested many times. The metropolitan district faces risk on a daily basis due to massive seismic movements, floods, and forest fires – in 2012 alone, 2,600 forest fires – were reported. In previous decades, the city has also faced earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The eruption of the Pichincha Volcano in 1999 forced the Quito airport to close -- with major economic consequences. In 2011, nearly 144 landslides during the rainy season resulted in many deaths and damage to housing in the most vulnerable sectors of the city. The poor are also most at risk in the event of a high-magnitude earthquake, which would devastate the city’s irregular, unplanned settlements in steep-slope areas.

Resilience Challenges

  • Earthquake
  • Flooding (Coastal and Rainfall)
  • Wildfires

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Alejandro Teran Tobar is currently serving as the Metropolitan Director of Risk Management for the Metropolitan District of Quito. Prior to this, he served as a Hydroimeteorolgical Forecaster for the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, working directly with the National Secretariat for Risk Management. He also performed field research with indigenous communities in the Amazon for the Catholic University of Ecuador.

He has a Masters in International Environmental Law and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has a degree in Ecotourism.

Snapshot of Quito

  • 1,619,146

    Population as of 2010

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