Salvador’s resilience journey

Salvador is a vibrant coastal city with strong shipping, industrial manufacturing, and tourism sectors. An influx of domestic migration has taxed public services including education, healthcare, and transportation, while the ensuing overpopulation has increased unemployment, informal settlements, and poverty. New initiatives have been created to increase foreign investment to expand job opportunities, while a government agency has been created to provide job training and assist in connecting employers with residents searching for work.

Salvador experiences regular heavy rainfall that can lead to devastating urban landslides. In the last 10 years, Municipal Civil Defense and other government agencies have assisted in over 19,000 landslide-related occurrences, providing support to rebuild property and in many cases to relocate citizens. Further engineering work is under way with federal support to stabilize landslide-prone neighborhoods, but rapid population growth increases the possibility of future risks.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Adriana Campelo

Chief Resilience Officer

Adriana is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Salvador and Director of Resilience in the Municipal Secretariat for Sustainability, Innovation, and Resilience. Adriana has led the Salvador Resilience Strategy and is currently coordinating the Climate Action Adaptation and Mitigation Plan.

Previously, Adriana was Deputy Municipal Secretary for Economic Development and Employability. She holds a PhD in Marketing Management from University of Otago, a master’s degree in Management from the Federal University of Bahia, a degree specializing in Economics from University Unifacs, and a law degree from the Catholic University of Salvador.

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