Santiago de Chile's Resilience Journey

The Metropolitan Region of Santiago de Chile released its Resilience Strategy on March 28, 2017. Explore the strategy here.

Santiago de Chile's Resilience Story

The Metropolitan Region of Santiago is comprised of six sectors, including the capital city of Santiago. Urban development has created high levels of socioeconomic segregation. Only a small segment of the population has access to high-quality infrastructure, social services, business locations, and educational institutions, while poorer residents stay in underserved and unstable communities. Public policy is working to create more affordable housing, but challenges remain, in particular access, location and integration of neighborhoods.

Housing policy is also becoming more sensitive to geographic challenges. Chile has experienced some of the world’s largest earthquakes, and has responded by creating an effective building code and seismic activity monitoring system. However, flooding and landslides disproportionately affect poorer communities, and segregation of resources limits available interventions. City officials recognize the need for a sustainable urban development plan, which addresses both community planning and environmental degradation.

Shocks and Stresses

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Climate Change
  • Crime / Violence
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Fire
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Inadequate Sanitation Systems
  • Landslide
  • Poor Air Quality
  • Poor Governance / Regulatory Climate
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Severe Storms
  • Uncontrolled Urban Development
  • Volcanic Activity
  • Water Insecurity
  • Youth Disenfranchisement

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Gabriela Elgueta comes to the role of CRO from her former position as the Secretary of Planning Director for the Municipality of Santigo and the Municipality of Peñaloen, Chile. She has excellent professional experience in executive and managerial positions of high responsibility in the governmental and academic sectors. She is a specialist in the areas of planning, organizational development, strategic management, institutional modernization, management control and public-private investment. Gabriela has a strong orientation to targets, strong ability to train, motivate and lead teams of multidisciplinary work and recognized ability to manage projects of varying complexity.

Snapshot of Santiago, Metropolitan Region

  • 6,527,903

    population as of 2012

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