Porto Alegre Releases Latin America’s First Resilience Strategy & Signs 10% Resilience Pledge

City is first in Latin America to release ground-breaking Resilience Strategy effort, which lays groundwork for coordinated projects across the city’s 17 districts

Porto Alegre becomes 23rd city around the world to sign 10% Resilience Pledge – dedicating 10% of city’s budget to resilience efforts, such as those identified in the newly released Resilience Strategy

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL – Mayor José Fortunati and Chief Resilience Officer Cezar Busatto, joined by Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), today unveiled the city’s first-ever Resilience Strategy (more info here a concrete, strategic roadmap for the City of Porto Alegre to build urban resilience. The strategy, a joint effort between the City and 100RC, proposes 69 projects across the city’s 17 individual districts.  Resilience strategies have been released in three U.S. cities – New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; and New Orleans, LA.  Porto Alegre’s is the first strategy to be released in Latin America.

Mayor Fortunati also signed the 10% Resilience Pledge, which commits 10% of the city’s budget to defined resilience initiatives and projects, including those included in the strategy.  The city is the 23rd to make this commitment, bringing the total amount pledged to approximately $5.5 billion.  More about the pledge can be found here.

Porto Alegre is one of the first cities in the world – and the first in the Global South – to release a Resilience Strategy, a process that is undertaken by all 100RC cities. Over the course of its development, the Resilience Strategy process has enabled Porto Alegre to identify, reorient, and leverage a variety of existing and new projects and initiatives that will make the city more resilient to the social, economic, and physical challenges of the 21st century.

Resilience is a city’s capability to effectively address and recover from a broad range of challenges – stronger than it was before.  Critically, these challenges include not just acute shocks–such as fires, floods and earthquakes – but also and stresses such as crime and violence, food and water shortages, economic inequality, and more.

Through Porto Alegre’s Resilience Strategy, the city is embracing some of its most pressing challenges head-on: flooding, economic diversity, violence, land tenure, urban and rural planning, and a healthy and engaged citizenry. The Porto Alegre Resilience Office, with strong support from Mayor Fortunati, and the offices of Innovation (INOVAPOA) and Civil Defense, has teamed up with NGO and private sector stakeholders to identify and investigate the root causes and effects of some of the city’s most pressing shocks and stresses.

“The resilience of a city and its capacity to prevent, confront, and overcome natural, social, and economic adversities is a result of the development of its collective intelligence, generated through collaborative interaction, citizen empowerment and social innovation.” said Porto Alegre Chief Resilience Officer Cezar Busatto.

“The release of this strategy represents the culmination of 18 months of difficult work on the part of the city. But it is not the finish line – the most exciting work now begins with the implementation of this strategy, and we look forward to working closely with the city going forward,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC.  “We envision Porto Alegre becoming a global leader resilience planning, much like it has for the participatory budgeting process.”

Porto Alegre’s Resilience Strategy lays out six strategic objectives, to address a series of interconnected challenges in the city:


Strategic Objective #1: A Porto Alegre with a dynamic and innovative ecosystem.

A diversified economy that fosters creative economies, collaborative and new technologies, develops degraded areas of the city, explores the agricultural productive potential of rural areas, and stimulates the production of organic and family farming.


Strategic Objective #2: A Porto Alegre with a Culture of Peace

Access to quality education, preventive health and public safety, focusing on the integration of concepts, practices, and systems, along with the expansion and qualification of preventive, restorative, and collaborative action.


Strategic Objective #3: A Porto Alegre that responds effectively to risks

A risk prevention system that is organized and capable of responding to risks, especially the risks of flooding and landslides, to protects families from losing their belongings and avoid displacement – while preventing the occupation of areas susceptible to risk and avoiding environmental accidents.


Strategic Objective #4: A Porto Alegre that responds to quality mobility

The public has a system that meets the needs of Porto Alegre with alternative modes, relieved traffic, punctual public transportation, universal accessibility, and sidewalks without damage or irregularities.


Strategic Objective #5: Porto Alegre that has reformed land regulations

A process of land regularization able to transition informal settlements, providing basic water, electricity, sanitation and transportation to all.  This goal is reached through a dialogue based on trust and collaboration and transparency.


Strategic Objective #6: Porto Alegre Participatory Budgeting and Resilient Management

Local governance that promotes a culture of resilience in all city actions and a qualified participatory budget that contributes to the increased resilience of the city.


100RC currently works with a network of 67 cities around the world to prepare for and bounce back from physical, social and economic challenges that increasingly impact our rapidly urbanizing world. In addition to funding the Chief Resilience Officer position, 100RC provides cities like Porto Alegre with partnerships in the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors to implement ideas from resilience strategies.

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities 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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.