Urban Resilience to Droughts and Floods: The Role of Policies and Governance, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Urban Resilience to Droughts and Floods

The Role of Policies and Governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Cecilia Tortajada, James Horne, Larry Wallace Harrington


232 pages

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This book focuses on policies and governance on how to build the resilience of cities to droughts and floods in the short-, medium-, and long-term. There are discussions on how cities prepare for, cope with, learn from, manage, and recover from these extreme events. The chapters also consider aspects such as changing paradigms, policy responses under uncertainty, scenario development, institutional responses, adaptive forecasting, governance perspectives, infrastructure development, overall investments, and technological innovation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are discussed at length.

Most of the cities and regions studied are in Asia, however, cities from Oceania, Europe, Africa, and North America are also included. Analyses are not limited to cities but to the basins and regions from which urban populations obtain their resources, and on which their resilience depends.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Table of Contents

IntroductionCecilia Tortajada

1. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: improving water services in cities affected by extreme weather events James Horne, Cecilia Tortajada, and Larry Harrington

2. Using water management infrastructure to address both flood risk and the urban heat island Daniel R. Richards and Peter J. Edwards

3. Antifragility and the development of urban water infrastructure Filip Babovic, Vladan Babovic, and Ana Mijic

4. The impact of weather extremes on urban resilience to hydro-climate hazards: a Singapore case study Winston T. L. Chow

5. Environmental resilience and intergovernmental collaboration in the Pearl River Delta Kris Hartley

6. Exposure and resilience of China’s cities to floods and droughts: a double-edged sword Jialiang Cai, Matti Kummu, Venla Niva, Joseph H. A. Guillaume, and Olli Varis

7. The political economy of flood management reform in China Scott Moore

8. Governance of the Sponge City Programme in China with Wuhan as a case study Liping Dai, Helena F. M. W. van Rijswick, Peter P. J. Driessen, and Andrea M. Keessen

9. Towards adaptive governance for urban drought resilience: the case of Da Nang, Vietnam Tien L. T. Du, Duong D. Bui, Joost Buurman, and Xuan T. Quach

10. Policy narratives help maintain institutional traps in the governance of floods in Thailand Louis Lebel and Phimphakan Lebel

11. Resilience in major Australian cities: assessing capacity and preparedness to respond to extreme weather events James Horne

12. Rainproof cities in the Netherlands: approaches in Dutch water governance to climate-adaptive urban planning Liping Dai, Rebecca Wörner, and Helena F. M. W. van Rijswick

13. Devolving water governance in the Kenyan Arid Lands: from top-down drought and flood emergency response to locally driven water resource development planning Caroline King-Okumu, Bashir Jillo, John Kinyanjui, and Ibrahim Jarso

About the Editors

Cecilia Tortajada is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Water Policy in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

James Horne is the former Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and is now a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Larry Harrington is the former Research Director of the CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF) and is now an Adjunct Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Natural Disasters