The magnitude and urgency of the need to adapt to climate change is such that addressing it has been taken up by the United Nations as one of the sustainable development goals - Goal 13 (SDG13) in 2015. SDG13 emphasises the need to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters. Coping with urban floods is one of the major needs of climate adaptation, where integration of climate change responses into flood risk management policies, strategies and planning at international, national, regional and local levels is now the norm. However, much of this integration lacks effectiveness or real commitment from stakeholders involved in adaptation planning and implementation. Hence this research has focused on integrating flexibility based adaptation responses into an urban flood risk management context. The research has synthesised flexible adaptation practices from several disciplines including information technology, automobile and aerospace manufacturing. The outcomes of the research are brought together in a framework for structuring local adaptation responses and an adaptation planning process based on flexibility concepts. The outcomes provide a way to assist with the identification of the appropriate nature and type of flexibility required; where flexibility can best be incorporated; and when is the most appropriate time to implement the flexible adaptation responses in the context of urban flooding.
2 Structuring climate adaptation through multiple perspectives: Framework and case study on flood risk management
2.4 Framework for structuring climate adaptation responses using multiple perspectives
2.5 Analysing climate adaptation planning and implementation in an urban context: Can Tho, Vietnam
3 Coping capacities for improving adaptation pathways for flood protection in Can Tho, Vietnam
3.1 Assessment of coping capacity along adaptation pathways
3.2 Methodology for assessment of coping capacity on adaptation tipping points and adaptation pathways
3.3 Case Study – Can Tho, Vietnam
4 Context specific adaptation grammar for climate adaptation in urban areas
4.2 The Need for context specific adaptation grammar
4.4 Case Study
5 Flexible adaptation planning for Water Sensitive Cities
5.2 Flexibility in contemporary flood risk management practices
5.3 Flexibility in Manufacturing
5.4 Flexible adaptation planning process in WSC context
5.5 Development of flexible adaptation planning process for WSC
5.6 Practical considerations for applying WSCapp
6 Flexible adaptation planning in a water sensitive Melbourne
6.3 Application of WSCapp in Elster creek, Melbourne
7 Operationalising flexibility: Agile urban planning process
7.1 Urgency and uncertainty in urban adaptation
7.2 Agile Principles
7.3 Possibilities for applying agile principles in Can Tho
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