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Resilience Strategy of the City of Rio de Janeiro

Resilience Strategy of the City of Rio de Janeiro
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. Rio Resiliente was completed in partnership with 100 Resilience Cities. For more information, visit:

Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes Deputy Mayor Adilson Nogueira Pires Special Advisor to the Mayor Rodrigo Rosa Municipal Secretary of the Civil Cabinet Guilherme Schleder Municipal Secretary of Conservation and Public Services Marcus Belchior Corrêa Bento Chief Executive of Resilience and Operations -COR Pedro Rodrigues dos Santos e Junqueira Deputy Chief Resilience Officer - COR Luciana Álvares Nery Deputy Chief of Operations - COR Marcio Almeida
General Coordination: Pedro Junqueira Text: Luciana Álvares Nery

• Cristina Mendonça, Alfredo Redondo, Ilan Cuperstein, Antoine Metten, Mandy Ikert, Katie Vines, C40 Cities. • Eduarda La Rocque, Pacto do Rio. • Jean Caris e Ramon Ortiz, Civil Cabinet of the City of Rio de Janeiro. • Katerina Elias, Lauretta Burke e Magdala Aioli, WRI/Embarq Brasil. • Kirsten Kramer, Accenture. • Emb. Laudemar Aguiar and Bruno Neele, International Affairs - Mayor`s Office. • Luisa Santiago, Ellen MacArthur Foundation. • Marcello Augusto Lopes, Senior Graphic Designer, Mayor`s Office. • Marcio Motta, Civil Defense of the City of Rio de Janeiro. • Marcus Belchior, Secretary Conservation. • Pedro Paulo Carvalho Teixeira, Federal Deputy. • Pedro Ribeiro, Pedro Miranda and Thaís Miquelino, Rio Resiliente Team. • Rodrigo Rosa, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. • Sergio Besserman, President of Instituto Pereira Passos.
• Michael Berkowitz • Bryna Lipper • Andrew Salkin • Aaron Spencer • David Schreiner • Emilia Carrera • Leah Flax • Lauren Sorkin • Max Young • Paul Nelson • Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, and all the team.
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resilient Rio strategy enables us to build expertise and have processes in place to continue developing a city ready to support our citizens and decrease future risks to all.

Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is today a city with many ambitions. In 2016, we released Vision Rio 500, the result of an exciting and inclusive process that enabled thousands of Rio residents to share their aspirations for the future of our city. Our residents collectively agree that Rio should be a gentle city, one that appreciates and pushes for creativity, one focused on celebrating and preserving its natural beauty, and one that is a source of opportunity and distinguished living for everyone.
One of Vision Rio 500’s goals is to have Rio serve as a global reference for city resilience. Rio de Janeiro’s Resilience Strategy is an important step towards achieving that goal, in that it defines priorities, guidelines and specific targets for developing a resilient model to share globally.
In January 2015, the city released “Rio Resiliente: Diagnostic and Focus Areas,” which identified Rio’s main shocks and stresses. This critical work continued to be developed by the city and our citizens, thanks in large part to the energetic support of 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation; the culmination of which is the publication of this strategy book. Our journey to become a more resilient city was made possible by the combined guidance and effort of hundreds of thoughtful individuals within our community and experts from across Rio and around the globe. I am truly thankful to all of you and the plan you have helped us define.

As we look at immediate applications of resilience, one only has to look at our exciting upcoming 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are already defining a legacy of resilience through important investments in city mobility, the creation of public spaces and opening new public venues.
But another kind of legacy can be incorporated, adding to what already exists at the Center of Operations Rio: an operational legacy. The Olympic Games involve complex matters related to mobility, logistics, and security, and require the extensive coordination and partnership of several governmental departments working in an integrated manner. All our efforts feed into new experiences for future traffic operations, contingency plans and first responder activities to address crises and disasters. All that we are going to learn during the Games will not disappear after the closing ceremony, and it will work to make Rio more resilient.
In sum, the pursuit of resilience across the globe offers an extraordinary opportunity for Rio to support our peers based on what we have and continue to learn. We envision enabling cities to develop their own integrated resilience strategies to make them more capable of dealing with their shocks and chronic stresses and, above all, to prosper. I am therefore proud to share our Rio de Janeiro Resilience Strategy with all of you and thank all of our residents and visitors for helping us embrace resilience in our lives.
Mayor Eduardo Paes

A city becomes more resilient when it is further prepared to face its challenges, be it social, environmental or economic. Resilience does not mean having an answer to every possible challenge, as nature continues to evolve. However, having a



CEO of 100 Resilient Cities
100 Resilient Cities is honored to partner with the city of Rio de Janeiro to release its first ever resilience strategy, Rio Resiliente. The resilience roadmap outlined in this strategy is the culmination of more than two years of research, analysis, outreach, and hard work by the entire Rio Resiliente team.
First and foremost, I would like to thank Mayor Eduardo Paes and congratulate him on the release of this strategy. None of this could have happened without his commitment to creating a better future for all of Rio de Janeiro, and his unwavering support for the resilience work. Additional thanks must be given to the entire Rio Resiliente team, including Chief Resilience Officer Pedro Junqueira, and Luciana Nery, Deputy CRO. Their dedication to producing a plan of this quality is already inspiring colleagues in cities all around the world. This strategy establishes Rio de Janeiro as being on the cutting edge of innovative urban solutions and sends a strong message to cities globally to join the coming urban resilience revolution along with the 100 Resilient Cities network.

But what resilience thinking allows us to do is to consider these challenges together in an integrated way. It demands that we ask ourselves how can we solve for the environmental challenges – around climate change, floods and heat islands – at the same time as we think about how to plan for and create an economically prosperous and inclusive city for all the citizens of Rio de Janeiro. It is then that we can begin to realize the full benefits of building urban resilience.
Going forward, we could not be more excited to continue working with Rio de Janeiro to support the implementation of key initiatives and solutions for the city and its citizens. Though today is only the beginning, this strategy gives me confidence that Rio de Janeiro will continue to be a pioneer of resilience thinking, and a leader on the world stage in executing on its strategic priorities. Congratulations once again, and let the great work ahead begin!
Sincerely, Michael Berkowitz President, 100 Resilient Cities

The initiatives in Rio Resiliente not only apply a resilience lens to the short-term challenges of the city but also support long-term city planning. The resilience office research created inputs and insights that informed Rio Vision 500 and the Strategic Plan 2017-2020. The resilience strategy achieves an important alignment of these three city documents.

There is no doubt that the release of this strategy comes at a critical time for Rio. The challenges and pressures of climate change, urban density, social cohesion and demands on infrastructure, will continue to confront the city and its leadership.



Pedro Junqueira
Chief of Resilience and Operations

“The resilience strategy of Rio de Janeiro proposes a set of guidelines and policies intended to bring the city and the metropolitan area the conditions to meet the challenges ahead. The ability to look to the future and recognize both the prospects and needs for the scientific, urban and social development was the most valuable experience that we in Rio Resiliente had in the sense of dreaming, proposing and organizing this set of urgent measures.”
Pedro is Chief Resilience and Operations Officer of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. Head of the Center of Operations since 2013, he is responsible for coordinating integrated actions for operational agencies. His performance aims at reducing the government’s response time to any incident that impacts the routine of the population. In addition, he manages the exploration and implementation of new technologies and the development of science for operations of the city. Graduated in business administration, Pedro has expertise in marketing and over 15 years of experience in Project and People Management. In the public sector, he worked in the dialogue between the public administration and the interests of civil society as a special advisor of the Municipal Departments of Transportation and Conservation and Public Services.

“Building resilience is to think of alternatives, it is to identify co-benefits in projects and public policies. The best way to do this is by integrating various points of view, always applying a resilience lens. Our thanks to the Resilience Champions and to the many collaborators who have supported us, it was because of their cooperation that the Resilience Strategy became more innovative and robust.”
Luciana Nery is the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Rio de Janeiro and has over 10 years experience in the public sector in the areas of resilience, sustainability and project management. Worked as advisor to Mayor Eduardo Paes and also served as a special advisor for strategic projects to the CEO of Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A. In 2014 she decided to dedicate herself to the theme of resilience full time. Was editor and co-author of the book “Rio Resiliente: Diagnostic and Focus Areas”. She holds a master’s degree in management of international businesses (PUC-Rio / Université de Grenoble) and a degree in Literature (UERJ).

Luciana Nery
Deputy Chief Resilience Officer



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Resilience Strategy of the City of Rio de Janeiro

Executive Summary
1. Introduction 2. Shocks and Chronic Stresses of Rio 3. Context of the City 4. Vision Rio 500 and Strategic Plan 2017-2020 5. Values of Rio Resiliente 6. Resilience Challenges 7. Resilience Vision 8. Goals and Initiatives
1. Better understand and mitigate impacts of severe weather and climate change
2. Mobilize Rio to be prepared to respond to extreme weather events and other shocks.
3. Cultivate green, cool, safe and flexible urban spaces
4. Provide high quality basic services to all citizens, through sustainable and resilient use of resources
5. Promote an inclusive, diversified, circular and low-carbon economy
6. Increase resilience of the population and promote social cohesion



Rio de Janeiro’s Resilience Strategy is an intermediary step between the Strategic Plan 2017-2020, which targets the near future, and Vision Rio 500, which involves aspirations for the longer term. The Resilience Strategy establishes goals focused on resilience issues identified through the 100 Resilient Cities Preliminary Risk Assessment, a process that involved more than 300 people between 2014 and 2016, resulting in the discovery of the main shocks and stresses affecting Rio.

The Resilience Strategy of the City of Rio de Janeiro aims to tackle the city’s main vulnerabilities and to make it more resilient. Rio’s Resilience Strategy is the culmination of a multi-year partnership of the City of Rio de Janeiro with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Urban resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow, no matter the chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.
Rio strives to become a global reference for resilience by 2035. This ambition is a core tenet of the Vision Rio 500, a pioneering citizen engagement project released in 2016 that focuses on the development of a long-term vision for the city. The creation of Vision Rio 500 provided Rio’s citizens, of all ages and social background, a unique opportunity to share their aspirations for what Rio de Janeiro should become by 2065, the city’s 500th anniversary.
Our vision for a more resilient Rio is based on developing a better relationship between the city and its water, infrastructure, and most importantly, its citizens. A resilient Rio is one that embraces its water, builds for the future and empowers its citizens.

Rio’s Resilience Strategy helps define new projects with longer-term results and clear benefits aimed at diminishing the city’s vulnerabilities while increasing its resilience. The strategic proposal recommends multiple programs including the creation of the Rio Panel of Climate Change; the development of a disaster recovery plan for the metropolitan area; an agency for the promotion of circular economy; and a course on Urban Resilience, to reach 100,000 school children until 2020. All the projects also entirely aligned with Vision 500 and aim at achieving the aspirations of the citizens of Rio.
The Resilience Strategy also features a selection of projects from the Strategic Plan 2017-2020, many of which were proposed by Rio Resiliente, the Rio de Janeiro’s Resilience Office, including LED public lighting, individual resilience indicators, an urban solar strategy, and an open, large-scale online course on urban resilience to train school teachers, public servants and the general population.
All the initiatives in the Resilience Strategy involve concepts, projects and specific actions that are transversal, multidisciplinary and aim at reducing the shocks and chronic stresses of the city. Connection, collaboration and the identification of co-benefits comprise the basis of the Resilience Strategy and constitute the main values of Rio Resiliente.


Thus, the City of Rio has developed the following goals based on its resilience vision:
#1: Better understand and mitigate impacts of
severe weather and climate change
#2: Mobilize Rio to be prepared to respond to
extreme weather events and other shocks
#3: Cultivate green, cool, safe and flexible
urban spaces
#4: Provide high quality, basic services to all
citizens, through sustainable and resilient use of resources
#5: Promote an inclusive, diversified, circular
and low-carbon economy
#6: Increase the overall resilience of citizens
and promote social cohesion

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