Governing Resilience Planning : Organizational Structures, Institutional Rules, and Fiscal Incentives in Guangzhou

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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Land, Volume 12, issue 2
Researchers and policymakers have long called for a collaborative governance process for climate adaptation and flood resilience. However, this is usually challenging when urban planning is supposed to be integrated with water management. Using the Chinese city of Guangzhou as a case study, this study explores the long-term disadvantaged conditions of urban planning in flood governance and how this situation is shaped. The findings show that, in comparison to the increasingly dominant position of water management in flood affairs, the urban planning system has had weak powers, limited legitimate opportunities, and insufficient fiscal incentives from the 2000s to the late 2010s. Those conditions have been shaped by organizational structures, institutional rules, and financial allocation in urban governance, whose changes did not bring benefits to urban planning. The emergence of the Sponge City Program in China in 2017 and its implementation at the municipal level is deemed to be a new start for urban planning, considering the encouragement of nature-based solutions and regulatory tools in land use for flood resilience. Even so, the future of this program is still full of challenges and more efforts are needed.
Funding Information: This research was funded by the National Youth Science Fund Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (52108050), the State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science at South China University of Technology (2022ZB08), the Guangzhou Science and Technology Program (202201010503), and the fellowship of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2021M701238). Funding Information: This work was conducted with the support of Dongjin Qi, Feng Yu, and Xiaomei Pang from the South China University of Technology (SCUT). The authors thank the contacts in the Guangzhou House and Urban-rural Construction Commission, the Pearl River Delta Commission, and all interviewees in this study. Publisher Copyright: © 2023 by the authors.
climate adaptation, flood governance, urban planning, urban resilience, water management
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Meng , M , Dąbrowski , M & Stead , D 2023 , ' Governing Resilience Planning : Organizational Structures, Institutional Rules, and Fiscal Incentives in Guangzhou ' , Land , vol. 12 , no. 2 , 417 .