Spatial Planning for Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk: Development of the Sponge City Program in Guangzhou

Meng Meng, Marcin Dąbrowski, Dominic Stead, Faith Ka Shun Chan

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Abstract

Many Chinese cities are increasingly exposed to the impacts of climate change, particularly to flooding. The National Sponge City Program was set up to address this challenge. This chapter examines how municipal interventions in spatial planning have been formulated in response to this national program. The case of Guangzhou is examined, a mega-city in the Pearl River Delta that is particularly vulnerable to flood risk. Here, the city government is seeking to improve local resilience to flooding by linking spatial planning and water management. To date, the implementation of the plan faces cognitive, financial, institutional, and technical challenges, which limits the potential to make Guangzhou more resilient to flood risk in the wake of the changing climate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart, Resilient and Transition Cities
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Approaches and Tools for A Climate-Sensitive Urban Development
PublisherElsevier
Pages153-162
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128114773
ISBN (Print)9780128114780
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Climate adaptation
  • Flood resilience
  • Local implementation of national policy
  • Multilevel governance
  • Sponge city program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (all)

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