Adaptive capacity of the Pearl River Delta cities in the face of the growing flood risk: institutions, ideas and interests

M.M. Dabrowski, D. Stead, Jinghuan He, Feng Yu

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    Abstract

    Although the cities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in China are amongst the world’s cities most exposed to flooding due to climate change, surprisingly little is done to address this problem. This article explores the barriers to the emergence of policies adapting to the growing flood risk in two PRD cities, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, underlining the importance of the Chinese territorial governance system for adaptive capacity at the local level. Focusing on institutions, ideas and interests as a heuristic device, the article contributes to the literature on urban climate adaptation and the nexus of spatial planning and flood risk management by exploring why and how the development of the adaptive capacity of cities is hampered, despite an urgent need for it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages20
    JournalUrban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Keywords

    • climate change adaptation
    • adaptive capacity
    • governance
    • flood risk
    • spatial planning

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