Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro’s resilience journey

The need for urban resilience in Rio de Janeiro became clear in April 2010, when heavy rains hit the city. 66 people died in what was considered the worst environmental disaster in Brazil. Since then, resilience projects have been a priority, and with the city currently undergoing significant infrastructural changes for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, there is a major opportunity to invest in initiatives that make the city more sustainable and resilient, and to show others how to do the same.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Alexandre Cardeman

Chief Resilience and Operations Officer

Chief Resilience and Operations Officer for the City of Rio, Alexandre Cardeman has worked in Information Technology for over 30 years. In 2010, as vice president of IplanRio, he worked directly on the implementation and assembly of the Operations Center (COR), where he is CEO for the third time – the first was from August 2018 to January 2021. At the COR, Cardeman also served as special advisor and technical coordinator of Infrastructure and Logistics until he reassumed the Executive Head in September 2021, always with the proposal to integrate, innovate, and improve operational management together with society. He participated in the planning of mega-events in the city, such as World Youth Day, the World Cup, and the Olympics.
Alexandre Cardeman has a post-graduate degree in Network Technology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an MBA in Public Policy from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ-EPPG).

Impact stories

The Metropolitan Scale of Resilience

Metropolis Issue Paper 03: Through case studies from cities across the Metropolis and 100 Resilient Cities network, this paper seeks to analyze the challenges and…
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