Santiago de los Caballeros’ Resilience Story

Santiago de los Caballeros is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, and its metro area is the fifth largest in the Caribbean. Rapid and disorganized urbanization and physical expansion have led to an increase in informal settlements that are poorly or illegally connected to official infrastructure and services. These communities are at greater risk from flooding that threatens the city every year, and officials have taken initial steps to identify neighborhoods that require drinking water and waste management.

Santiago de los Caballeros hopes to build on successes it has seen in developing earthquake preparedness plans in formal settlements to address these additional challenges. Efforts to improve equitable access to resources have also extended to social services, particularly around the reduction of domestic violence.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Crime / Violence
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Earthquake
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Rainfall Flooding

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Santiago De Los Caballeros's CRO

Maria Isabel Serrano Dina, is the Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

She is CEO and founder of her own architecture and assessment firm specializing in eco-design, environment, sustainability and climate change. She is also a professor of Architecture, Interior Design and Environmental Sciences at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago. She has previously taught Environment Conflict Management at ISA University and has been a facilitator for USAID climate change adaptation programs several times.

Maria Isabel writes frequently for national papers and also maintains her own blog on topics related to urban development, climate and environment. She works with different companies and schools to develop recycling, ECO-schools, organic and sustainable farming programs, as well as assists them in attaining ISO-14001 certifications. In Santiago, her hometown, she has been involved in initiatives related to urban sustainability, sanitation, and the recuperation of the city’s Yaque del Norte River, and has collaborated with the Eugenio de Jesus Marcano Botanic Garden. She also has worked on the protection and conservation of environmentally vulnerable zones around the Dominican Republic.

Maria Isabel holds a degree in architecture from PUCMM in Santiago, a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Sustainability from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona; and a joint Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy from PUCMM in Santiago and the Madrid School of Business. She has also received a certificate in pedagogy from PUCMM, has been trained in Climate Leadership by Al Gore and his Climate Reality Leadership Foundation, and has been trained in climate change and green development for developing countries in the city of Beijing, China by the Chinese Government program.

Snapshot of Santiago De Los Caballeros

  • 691,260

    Population as of 2010

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