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
Volume12 (2020)
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

    Research areas

  • spatial planning, flood risk management, procedures, mandates, planning tools, horizontal interactions, vertical cross-level coordination

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