Building Urban Water Resilience: New Perspectives for the Guadalajara Drought-Readiness Program

Rodrigo Flores-Elizondo



Climate change is compelling cities to become resilient in the face
of a wider range of meteorological phenomena. Starting with approaches
to cope with hurricanes or floods, resilient city strategies have to consider
longer-term and more territorially expansive challenges, such as multiannual
and multi-regional droughts. Urban planners, local and regional
governments, and political consultants are therefore driven to consider
more complex models to build resilient cities. One example is the case of
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s second largest city and which was recently
included in the 100 Resilient Cities network. The city obtained a drought
management program from the federal government in 2015, but such efforts
have not yet been coordinated with current public policy or with the rapid
growth of the city. This article explores a more comprehensive proposal of
public policy to deal with a big city’s water supply and expected shortages.
It combines elements from the Resilience Alliance methodology and the
Transition to Urban Water Services of Tomorrow (TRUST) Program funded
by the European Union.

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