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Reality Check Workshop: Quito, Ecuador

Quito is undergoing major transformations towards becoming a more sustainable and resilient city. Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies are being implemented, mobility issues are being addressed while fostering a more inclusive and participatory economy. However, it is clear that this effort is not enough. The city’s XXI century challenges require more holistic, innovative and effective measures.

In order to do this, the Municipality of Quito with the support of 100 Resilient Cities has started planning a Resilience Strategy that starts by looking at the city’s DNA to understand weaknesses and strengths in the social, economic and environmental dimensions and from there reinforce and bring new initiatives to this effort. However, the city has two major concerns and actions related:

1) Mobility as a the first concern: The construction of the first Metro Line of the city that not only proposes a solution as part of a larger strategy to resolve this issue, but also becomes an important opportunity for a better planning of the city’s inclusive development.

2) Planning to take advantage of the “demographic bonus” of the city by constructing a competitiveness agenda, which aims to design and promote innovative initiatives.

The aim of the workshop is threefold. First, to present a general overview of the city’s genomes in all planning dimensions and how they are interrelated, what the main challenges are and how they are being addressed. Second, to present the Eco-efficiency tool case study, which proposes an incentive to focalize new real estate developments in the area surrounding the main stations of mass transit public services and brings about an opportunity to address other issues such as urban regeneration. Third, to examine urban farming as a mechanism to improve local economic and social development, aiming for food security and poverty reduction as an innovative program. The two last actions could benefit from insights, comments and support from specialists attending the congress and will be addressed in round tables to receive inputs on where improvements can best be carried out.

Learn more about Session D4 - Resilient city: Quito, Ecuador