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Urban resilience : the fight for a better future. Flood-risk management in leading cities of the environmental sustainability field. The cases of London and Vancouver.

Popp, I. (2021) Urban resilience : the fight for a better future. Flood-risk management in leading cities of the environmental sustainability field. The cases of London and Vancouver.

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Abstract:Urban resilience is a method that recently emerged within the field of sustainable development. Through resilience-building, leading cities within this field, such as London and Vancouver, can become resistant to the effects of climate change, such as the increased flood risk. This research focuses on the ways in which London and Vancouver strive to become flood-resilient through policy-making. A document analysis of London and Vancouver's climate change adaptation strategies, progress reports and updates, and other related documents is conducted to determine the two cities' success at resilience-building throughout the last decade. This is done by exploring the presence of policy dimensions and indicators within the documents. It has been concluded that both London and Vancouver have made efforts to become more flood-resilient. The process relies on improving and developing their infrastructure as well as further producing plans of how to manage the flood-risk in the future. However, Vancouver tends to simultaneously build resilience across multiple sectors, as indicated by policies that pertain to all dimensions, while London focuses solely on improving and developing new infrastructure and flood defenses. Additionally, neither city uses the full potential of policy indicators, therefore the impacts of their climate change adaptation strategies on resilience-building cannot be fully determined.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87612
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