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RESEARCH ARTICLE: Coastal Flood-Risk Management Practice in Tai O, a Town in Hong Kong

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 September 2013

Faith Ka Shun Chan*
Research Associate, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom; and Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University Nottingham, Ningbo, China
Olalekan A. Adekola
Postgraduate Researcher, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Cho Nam Ng
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Gordon Mitchell
Senior Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Adrian T. McDonald
Professor, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Faith Ka Shun Chan, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus, 199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, China; (phone and fax) +86-574-881-80175; (e-mail)
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Coastal megadeltas in Asia have emerged rapidly; their megacities are particularly stressed by urbanization and rapid population growth. In the Pearl River Delta, towns in coastal megacities, such as Hong Kong, experience severe land shortage, which has led to the installation of essential infrastructure in flood-prone areas. Floods from the storm surge of two recent storms, Typhoons Hagupit and Koppu in 2008 and 2009, respectively, damaged over 100 properties in the Tai O, Hong Kong. Although projected sea-level rise and frequent storms pose a serious threat for the foreseeable future, flood management is inadequately understood by the various stakeholders in Tai O. Based on interviews of 22 stakeholders related to flood-risk management in Tai O, this article highlights the similarities and differences in the prevailing perceptions of coastal flood management practices. In addition, the report highlights the need for urgent attention so as to establish an integrated coastal flood-risk management strategy that will involve all stakeholders in mitigating the emerging flood vulnerability of the coastal communities.

Environmental Practice 15:201–219 (2013)

Copyright © National Association of Environmental Professionals 2013 

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