Santiago presents its first Resilience Strategy, Commits 10% of the City Budget to Build Resilience

The Resilience Strategy will allow the Metropolitan Region to develop comprehensive solutions to meet the challenges caused by globalization, urbanization, climate change, and their social and economic impacts.

The development of the Santiago Human and Resilient Strategy was supported by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). In 2014, Santiago was selected from hundreds of cities in the world as part of the 100RC network.

Santiago will sign a commitment to dedicate 10% of the city’s budget to actions that build its resilience.

Santiago on March 28, 2017. Santiago announced today the launch of “Santiago Humano y Resiliente”, a strategy that seeks to implement comprehensive solutions to meet the challenges caused by globalization, urbanization and climate change, and their social and economic impacts.

The Strategy was developed with the support of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, through the Resilience Office of the city of Santiago and the Governor of the Metropolitan Region.

100RC is an organization that helps cities around the world cope with the physical, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. In 2014, Santiago was selected as  one of the cities  that form the100RC network, which also includes other  global cities such as Los Angeles, Barcelona, ​​London, Mexico City, Paris, Athens, Bangkok and Rio de Janeiro, among others. As part of this alliance, Governor Claudio Orrego committed 10% of the region’s resources to implement the actions outlined in the city’s Resilience Strategy.

Claudio Orrego indicated that the “Resilience Strategy is a diagnosis of the physical, natural and social context of the region, the threats to which the city is exposed and what we must improve to be prepared.”. The governor explained that this Strategy was built through the participation of different actors in the broader Santiago and international community, with a public-private board of 35 experts from academia, government, NGOs, private sector and professional associations, who advised at different stages of the process. Describing the collaboration and process, Orrego stated that: “Effective implementation of programs not only depends on management and capacity, but must also overcome the historically extreme centralism of Chile to build a more humane, participatory, equitable and inclusive region that is made Increasingly necessary.”

For her part, Gabriela Elgueta, Chief Resilience Officer in Santiago explained: “This kind of participatory and inclusive work must be maintained. Undoubtedly, this has been the most important asset in the process of developing this strategy, which, far from concluding, is just beginning. Many new many actors will be included as we progress, generating new relationships and spaces for dialogue around the needs of a city in constant change.”

The Santiago Resilience Strategy is structured across 6 pillars: Urban Mobility, Environment, Security, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Risk Management and Social Equity. In turn, each of these has specific objectives divided into programs, plans, and projects, for development in the short, medium and long term, focused on transforming our city into a more humane and resilient one.

Some of the major initiatives of “Humane and Resilient Santiago” include:

  • Plan Santiago Pedaleable
  • Regional Climate Change Program
  • Integrated Teleprotection Network Plan
  • Generation of Emergency Protocols Santiago Prepared
  • Business Continuity Plan for SMEs in the Context of Disasters and Emergencies
  • Comprehensive Neighborhood Recovery Plan

To achieve its vision, the city of Santiago is supported by a platform of partners that 100RC makes available, such as the Inter-American Development Bank, Veolia, RMS, and the World Bank, among many others.

Daniel Stander, Global Director of RMS, emphasizes that “Chileans have lived with the risk of earthquakes for generations, but today’s probabilistic model offers information on that risk that was previously unavailable. Santiago’s municipal leaders direct public resources to the most profitable investments to make communities more resilient.”

“The launch of Santiago Resiliente is an important moment for the Intendencia de Santiago. Through its creation, the city has engaged a number of stakeholders throughout the city, and is ready to implement the broad vision of the Strategy. With the leadership of Intendente Orrego and the support of 100 Resilient Cities, resilience will be part of the fabric and DNA of Santiago,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC.

The complete version of the Strategy and extra material for the use of the press are available online at:

About 100 Resilient Cities, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities (100RC), sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, helps cities around the world build resilience to the social, economic and physical challenges that are increasingly common in the 21st century. 100RC provides assistance through funding for the hiring of a Resilience Director who directs projects in each city; Resources to design a resilience strategy; Access to resilience tools from the private, public, academic and NGO sectors; And incorporation into a global network that allows cities to share their practices and challenges. For more information, visit:

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