CIFAL Merida




CIFAL Merida was created in 2012 as a partnership with UNITAR and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) with an aim to develop capacities in Mexico and Central America on disaster risk management and tourism as a driver of economic development.

The city of Merida was selected to host the CIFAL Center due to its strategic location and expertise in disaster risk management, given the region's proclivity to hurricanes and weather-related disasters.

CIFAL Merida works to enhance the city’s expertise on disaster management and on how to minimize the impact of hurricanes. The centre also engages in facilitation of the exchange of best practices concerning tourism and how it can contribute to economic growth and sustainable development.


Mexico and Central America

Programmatic Axis:

  • Disaster Management
  • Economic Development
  • Governance


  • Disasters caused by Hurricanes and Management at Airports
  • Tourism and economic development
  • Human Resources Skills Development

CIFAL Merida Director