Guadalajara Metropolitan Area’s resilience journey
In Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, steady population growth and climate change have created a critical need to address water management issues, particularly the availability of potable water.
If current trends continue, Guadalajara’s water system will not be able to address growing demand, leading to regular shortages with far-reaching social and health consequences. There must be prompt action to protect and rebuild the water supply, improve the distribution of water, and create social programs to promote water conservation.
The Guadalajara area is located in the western part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt, placing the city and surrounding areas at high risk of seismic activity. The city’s vulnerability is increased by varying soil conditions, aging and poorly constructed buildings, and lack of public awareness of risk. The city believes that proactive engagement, including a focus on more resilient construction practices and greater public outreach, can help minimize the impact of future earthquakes.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
General Director of the Institute for Planning and Development Management of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (IMEPLAN)
Mario has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Institute of Technology and Higher Education of the West (ITESO), a master’s degree in Government and State and Municipal Public Administration from the Jalisco College, and a doctorate in Education with an emphasis on pedagogical mediation from La Salle Costa Rica University.
As Director of Projects and Programs of the Jalisco Ecological Collective, Mario headed civil society projects from 2006 to 2015. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Platform for Sustainability and of the Assembly for Metropolitan Governance, as well as a participant in the Commission for Metropolitan Coordination. He was responsible for the construction and drafting of the Metropolitan Coordination Statute of Guadalajara.
In 2014, Mario worked as a research consultant for the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and as the First Technical Secretary of the Metropolitan Areas Network of Americas. He served as Technical Secretary of the Citizen Observatory of Mobility and Public Transport of Jalisco in 2014 and 2015, and as Director of Mobility and Transport at the Government of Guadalajara from 2015 to 2017.
Mario is currently a research professor teaching on master’s and doctoral programmes on Mobility, Transportation, and Territory at the University of Guadalajara, and serves as General Director of the Institute for Planning and Development Management of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara (IMEPLAN).