Water maximization and risk reduction

This solution addresses climate change and inefficient water usage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for local communities

Problem Description

We will adapt to climate change, reduce and reuse, and restore bodies of water to allow for drinking water and recreation. Like many coastal cities, Rio is defined by its relationship with water. Rising sea levels and intensification of storm surges resulting from climate change pose a constant threat. Meanwhile, insufficient drainage of rainwater leads to chronic flooding and landslides.

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Story

"Water maximization and risk reduction" is 1 of 3 goals of Rio's Resilience Strategy. Our aspirations for a more resilient Rio are focused on evolving our city's relationship with water, its built infrastructure, and its citizens. A resilient Rio is one that embraces its natural environment, builds for the future, and empowers its people. All of the initiatives previewed below involve concepts, projects, and specific actions that are transversal and multidisciplinary. Connection, collaboration, and the identification of co-benefits are the foundation of our strategy, and the means by which we'll make Rio a global benchmark for urban resilience as we look towards the city's 500th anniversary in 2065.

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Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Pedro Junqueira, Chief Resilience Officer, Rio's Resilience Team
  • Luciana Nery, Deputy Chief Resilience , Rio's Resilience Team
  • Pedro Miranda, Assistant For Climate And Urban Ecology , Rio's Resilience Team
  • Pedro Ribeiro, Assistant For Social And Economic Resilience, Rio's Resilience Team

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

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