DSS Resilience Information Portal

Donostia / San Sebastian is a medium size city and the capital of Gipuzkoa, a well-developed industrial and tertiary region of the Basque Country.

Donostia is services-oriented, with active tourism and trade activities. Its economy is based on a diversified and small enterprise business sector, with a share on Digital, ICTs, Advanced Services and R&D companies and a highly-qualified population.

Being a city with a strong identity and dynamic commercial, cultural and leisure life, it has great attraction for regional, national and international visitors. A worldwide acknowledged City of Gastronomy, a City of Festivals (Music, Films…) and a City of Culture (European Capital of Culture 2016); its citizens and visitors benefit from a high quality of life.

It is also a quite cohesive city, although the economic crisis has increased unmeployment and sharpened innequalities and vulnerabilities among some social groups.

Building resilience starts by identifying our most important problems first and figuring out the best ways to tackle them together.

Donostiarren Postontzia

Resilience: Shocks and stress

1.- Climate Change

As a coastal and riverside city, Donostia / San Sebastián is well aware of climate change risks and suffers from natural disasters like flooding, severe storms, “galernas” (stormy northwest winds in the North of Spain) and other environmental disruptions. These extreme weather events, including heat waves risk and storms, are more frequent and intense and implies increasing flooding risks, fire hazards, and in the long run global sea level rising and biodiversity stresses.

2.- Critical Infrastructures

The failure of critical infrastructures such as energy or transport may cause huge disruption across large parts of the city at significant cost to the economy

Related to CI, infrastructure failures, especially power outages, have been grouped alongside with communication (ICTs, transport…). Many critical services depend on energy and on data supply in order to function, therefore any network, communication or energy cut or disruption may have knock-on effects on the city management, furthermore this can be crucial in case of an emergency. High-tech hazards are focused on digital network failures and cyber attacks.

3.- Social Issues

Progressive aging of the population may be the greatest social stress for a city like Donostia / San Sebastián, together with birth rates well below the EU average and the departure of a significant percentage of its youth that, for different reasons (such as the high cost of housing or the search for job opportunities fitting to their qualification level), leaves the city.

Diminishing social cohesion and the increasing inequalities, where the more vulnerable groups or communities are under risk of suffering from poverty or social alienation.

Resilience: Challenges

1.- Resilience holistic approach

Work is been done relating risks, shocks and stresses management and recovery, but there is certain lack of holistic approach focused on city resilience.

2.- City Stakehorders resilience system

There is a need of better cross cooperation (multi-stakeholders agreements at different levels of service and infrastructure provision and procedures) in order to strengthen city resilience building.

3.- Citizens and Community Participation

We need to improve civic participation and understanding related to city resilience. Activating social connectedness and community involvement is a key element to create social resilience.

Related SNS Accounts

DSS Firemen Brigade Twitter

Link to Basque Country Firemen Brigade Twitter

DYA Gipuzkoa Twitter

SOS Euskadi - Basque Country Emergency Twitter

Virtual Operations Support Team Euskadi Twitter

Gipuzkoa Red Cross Twitter Trafiko Zuzendaritza EJGV Twitter


Weather Forecast  Euskalmet Twitter

Phone and Email (Stakeholder Contact List)


Local police






What We are Doing

The Clima Strategy: Local Agenda 21 since 1998. 1st Climate Change Plan in 2008. EU Covenant of Mayors (2010), Mayors Adapt (2014). Adaption Plan (2017) and Klima Strategy 2050 (2017).

The new Civil Protection and Security Plan 2016 has just been approved and it has become the general framework for the local action plans, protocols and security and emergency plans.

The Urumea Riverside District Plan (a pilot of the Smart City Plan) is being implemented: urban and environmental regeneration and development actions to improve resilience and social and economic transformation.

DSS Lagunkoia (the Age friendly City plan) is being well underway and the city council is working on the development of a Social Inclusion Plan and a Social Inclusion Procedure (agreement framework) together with different governmental and public and private institutions and civil organizations.









This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.