Quito’s resilience journey

Quito’s resilience has been tested many times. The metropolitan district faces risk on a daily basis due to massive seismic movements, floods, and forest fires. In 2012 alone, 2,600 forest fires were reported. In previous decades, the city has faced earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The eruption of the Pichincha Volcano in 1999 forced Quito Airport to close, with major economic consequences. In 2011, nearly 144 landslides during the rainy season resulted in many deaths and damage to housing in the most vulnerable sectors of the city. The poor are most at risk in the event of a high-magnitude earthquake, which would devastate the city’s irregular, unplanned settlements in steep-slope areas.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Byron Madera

Metropolitan Resilience Director

Byron Madera, is an Economist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, he also completed a Master in Environment at the University of Melbourne with a specialization in food systems and food policy.

His professional career began in the private sector. He worked in areas related to marketing, budgeting and market research. From 2014 to 2016, he completed his postgraduate studies in Australia. During this time, he had the opportunity to do an internship related to urban agriculture and microcredit in Bangalore-India.

Since 2016, he has worked in the public sector, and has developed a high level of experience in government planning and management of public companies. He has participated in the creation of public institutions and in the elaboration of development agendas for different levels of government.

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