Mexico City, the second largest in Latin America with almost 9 million inhabitants (and a total of 22 million including its metropolitan area), faces great challenges. Its geographical location exposes it to natural risks, and as the capital of the country, it is the epicenter of political and social dynamics.
The city implemented in 2015 a participatory process that involved representatives of the public and private sectors, civil society, and academia in planning the Resilience Strategy. As a result of the process, there were identified impacts (disruptive events that occur at a certain time such as heat waves) and chronic tensions (factors that generate pressure and weaken the city in a cyclical way, such as social inequality):
As a result, the 5 axes of the Resilience Strategy of Mexico City are:
1. Promote regional coordination
2. Promote water resilience as a new paradigm for water management in the Valley of Mexico
3. Planning for urban and territorial resilience
4. Improve urban mobility through an integrated, safe, and sustainable system
5. Develop innovation and adaptive capacity
Resilience and Adaptation Challenge
In 2019, the Mexico City Government, Fundación Avina, IDB-Lab and 100 Resilient Cities, with the collaboration of the Green Basin Program promoted by the Government of Germany through the International Climate Protection Initiative, launched the Resilience and Adaptation Challenge.
This Challenge aimed to identify solutions for the chinampera zone in the Patrimonial Zone of Xochimilco, Tlahuac and Milpa Alta in Mexico City.
The chinampas are an artificial agricultural system, made up of floating lands built by the Aztecs to irrigate crops with the water from the canals. The chinampas were recognized as a World Heritage in 1987 and currently produce 40 thousand tons of food for consumption in the city.
This Challenge aimed to identify an initiative that would contribute to strengthening sustainable agroecological production and marketing in the Chinampera area, as well as improve and regulate the quality and quantity of water to promote sustainable agroecological production in the area.
The Challenge is part of the Resilient Cities Regional Initiative, which objective is to improve urban resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean with the participation of the private sector in the Resilience Strategy of Mexico City.
The Challenge is part of the Regional Initiative of Resilient Cities, which objective is to improve urban resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean with the participation of the private sector in the Resilience Strategy of Mexico City.
The winner initiative received $ 25,000 USD in seed capital, as well as technical support from the associated entities and approach with the private sector to promote the initiative and its replicability in other areas.
Meet the winner initiative
This initiative rescues traditional farming techniques through a network with local farmers to promote an organic farming model. Arca Tierra contributes to the preservation of the chinampera zone from an environmental, productive and cultural approach.