Shifts in Spatial Plans for Flood Resilience and Climate Adaptation: Examining Planning Procedure and Planning Mandates

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    Abstract

    The paper examines the development of different spatial plans to address flood resilience in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, one of the most vulnerable cities to flooding and climate change. The analysis focuses on the differences in planning procedures and planning mandates (determined by different plans in authority) before and after the launch of the Sponge City Plan which calls for numerous spatial resilience measures to address the increasing flood risk. The analysis reveals that the introduction of the Sponge City Plan has changed the role of planning from onlooker to active participant in the arena of flood governance. In addition, new plans combine long-term strategic visions, soft principles, and strict regulations with an aim to promote concrete planning practice between multiple layers with a clear mandate. Despite these shifts, institutional and territorial challenges remain
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number105
    Number of pages24
    JournalSustainability
    Volume12 (2020)
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

    Keywords

    • Flood risk management
    • Horizontal interactions
    • Mandates
    • Planning tools
    • Procedures
    • Spatial planning
    • Vertical cross-level coordination

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