The need for urban resilience in Rio de Janeiro became clear in April 2010, when heavy rains hit the city. Sixty-six people died in what was considered the worst environmental disaster in Brazil. Since then, resilience projects have been a priority, and with the city currently undergoing significant infrastructural changes for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, there is a major opportunity to invest in initiatives that make the city more sustainable and resilient, and to show others how to do the same.

Resilience Challenges

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Coastal Flooding
  • Drought
  • Landslide
  • Overtaxed/ Under Developed/Unreliable Transportation System
  • Rainfall Flooding

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Pedro Junqueira leads Rio de Janeiro's Operations Center as the city's Chief Resilience Officer. With the recent integration of "resilience" into the core business of the Operations Center, Pedro has assumed the coordination of "Resilient Rio," an initiative that will develop the city's Resilience Plan and define the main principles to deal with the natural and technological impacts of crisis situations.

Pedro earned his degree in Business Administration with a specialisation in Marketing, and has more than one decade of experience in Project and People Management. He has worked for the municipal departments of Public Transport and of Public Conservation.

Pedro is also a member of the Connected Citizens Program, a global network sponsored by Waze, which is dedicated to the cities collaborative management 

Snapshot of Rio de Janeiro

  • 6,320,446

    Population as of 2010

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