Environmental Restoration, Social Transformation & Community Resilience in the Caño Martin Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico


In this session, you will learn about the Caño Martín Peña ENLACE Project and its breakthroughs in terms of community organization, participatory planning and design, sustainable infrastructure development, and community economic development, among others. You will learn how the intrinsic relation between the Caño Martín Peña – a 3.75-mile long tidal channel in the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico – and the surrounding communities has presented both challenges and opportunities in terms of community engagement, action, and empowerment, innovative thinking and participatory design, leading to progress, international recognition and shared knowledge. In addition, you will learn how the organized communities, in partnership with the private and public sector, works together to restore the environmental integrity of the channel, protect the health and safety of its residents, prevent gentrification, foster socioeconomic development, and ensure accessible public spaces and affordable housing through participative, inclusive and democratic processes.



Lyvia Rodriguez, Corporacion del Proyecto ENLACE del Can
Estrella D Santiago Pérez, Environmental Affairs Manager Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña

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