Colima’s resilience journey

Colima is a growing center of commerce and service industries, and has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in Mexico.

Colima’s transportation infrastructure has not kept pace with its growth, leading to longer commute times and an increasing number of cars, generating more congestion and pollution. Inadequate public transportation also affects communities’ access, and can generate further crime and poverty.

The city also faces a host of environmental challenges. In 2003, an earthquake injured hundreds of people and left 10,000 without homes. In 2015, a hurricane caused flood damage to infrastructure. A multi-level government response comprising shelters, food distribution, and emergency medical responders has helped limit the human cost of hurricanes due to the availability of early warning systems.

Further actions are necessary to strengthen the city’s civil protection in the face of growing resilience challenges.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Jesús Ríos Aguilar

Director of Colima’s Planning Institute

J. Jesús Ríos Aguilar serves as Director of the Planning Institute for the Municipality of Colima, and leads Colima’s Resilience Office.

He has worked in the Ministry of Communications and Transport of the Federal Government of Mexico, and in the Colima State Government as Director of Roads and as Secretary of Mobility. He has also worked in the Municipal Government, as Director of Public Works, Urban Development, Public Services, Traffic and Roads in the municipality of Colima, and Director of Urban Development and Public Works in the municipality of Villa de Álvarez.

Jesús is a Civil Engineer graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He holds an MSc with a specialism in Traffic Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, N.L. He is a member of the College of Civil Engineers of the State of Colima, and was President of the College’s 13th Board of Directors.

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