Ciudad Juárez’s resilience journey
In recent decades, Ciudad Juárez has been the site of some of the worst drug-related violence in Mexico. The city’s crime levels, and local industries shutting down due to the global financial crisis, have combined to create high levels of unemployment. However, concerted efforts by the government, civil organizations, and local residents to strengthen law enforcement and risk mitigation systems have begun to gain momentum.
To build on these changes, Ciudad Juárez needs to address the ongoing threat of flooding, which puts both public safety and economic development at risk. For example, plans to deal with storm water by collecting it in groundwater wells may help the city respond more effectively to annual heat waves. This would help protect the city’s most threatened, vulnerable, and transient populations. Ciudad Juárez continues to experience an influx of migrants from other parts of Mexico and countries to the south.
Ciudad Juárez must continue to focus funding and technical capacity on improving its deteriorating infrastructures for power, sanitation, gas, and other services to confront this confluence of challenges.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
Director for Resilience Coordination
Verónica González has dedicated over 15 years to the development and implementation of public policy instruments in different cities in Mexico. She is currently the Director of Resilience Coordination in the Municipality of Ciudad Juárez, which gives continuity to the project financed by The Rockefeller Foundation in the framework of the 100RC initiative.
She is an Associate of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) program, which covers over 80 countries, where members share experiences with experts in sustainability, economy, and environment. She has participated as a leader in the development of strategies to reduce and control air pollution in 20 cities throughout the country, and prepared publications with evaluation methodologies for these programs for the federal government.
Verónica has collaborated with academic institutions in Mexico City on the elaboration of sustainability plans, with the vision of integrating diverse actors in the implementation of actions with high environmental benefits and low budgets.
Verónica is a doctoral candidate in Urban Studies, where the premise of her research is the importance of integrated water management in a semi-desert city where water is a main factor identified as a vulnerable and limited resource, with Ciudad Juárez as the case study. She holds two master’s degrees, one in Management and the other in Environmental Engineering. Her studies have specialized in energy and environmental policy, focusing on analyzing the historical situation of fuels in Argentina.