Monterrey’s resilience journey

Monterrey is the second largest metropolitan area in Mexico and the largest and most prominent city in the northern region of the country.

It is one of the economic engines of Mexico and is home to some of the most important Mexican enterprises, industries and is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in Latin America.

While the city’s economy is thriving, it faces complex challenges that are being exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Water scarcity has been one of the most acute problems in recent times and extreme heat waves have intensified in the past years.

As in many cities in the region, Monterrey is part of a wider metropolis. Finding solutions and implementing policies that affect and involve the wider metropolitan area has been a challenge. The city is now ready to push for the adoption of resilience initiatives for enhanced metropolitan coordination. Aware of both its strengths and weaknesses, Monterrey is currently working on creating the city’s resilience strategy coordinated by its Planning Institute and in close coordination with the authorities in the State of Nuevo Leon.

Meet the Chief Resilience Office

Edgar Olaiz Ortiz

Edgar Olaiz serves as Director of the Monterrey Urban Planning Department (IMPLANC MTY) and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Monterrey. He has more than 20 years of experience working in international relations, urban planning strategies and public policy for inclusion and social cohesion at the federal, state, and local levels of government. In 2006, he served as interim Mayor of Monterrey. He also has experience working with the private sector; he developed a national social responsibility initiative for Grupo Salinas, one of the most prominent enterprises in Mexico.

Edgar holds a bachelor´s degree in law from the Universidad Regiomontana (U-ERRE), with specializations in 20th Century Cities and European Integration Studies. He also has doctoral studies in International Relations and European Integration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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