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Aligning ancient and modern approaches to sustainable urban water management in China: Ningbo as a ‘Blue-Green City’ in the ‘Sponge City’ Campaign

Tang, Y.-T.; Chan, Faith Ka Shun; O'Donnell, Emily C.; Griffiths, J.; Lau, L.; Higgitt, D.; Thorne, Colin R.

Authors

Y.-T. Tang

Faith Ka Shun Chan

Emily C. O'Donnell emily.o'donnell@nottingham.ac.uk

J. Griffiths

L. Lau

D. Higgitt

Colin R. Thorne colin.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Modern urban flood and water management emphasises holistic strategies that reduce flood risk while providing co- benefits to urban economies, societies and environments. The ‘Blue‐Green City’ concept provides a viable framework for putting this into practice. Ningbo, is a coastal city with high flood risk, whose history as a Chinese ‘water town’ demonstrates that approaches to water management implicit to the ‘Blue‐Green’ concept were practiced in ancient times, and lessons can be learned from these applications. Furthermore, recent launch of the ‘Sponge City’ campaign by China's National Government demonstrates the political will to implement sustainable flood and water management in ways consistent with the ‘Blue‐Green’ ideals. Selection of Ningbo for a pilot project presents the opportunity to integrate new ‘Sponge city’ approaches with ancient ‘Blue‐Green’ principles, within the contexts of both new urban development and retrofit. Reinventing traditional approaches to urban water management and governance offers the possibility of maintaining flood risk at acceptable levels without constraining urban growth in China and other countries experiencing rapid urban development.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Journal Journal of Flood Risk Management
Electronic ISSN 1753-318X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 4
Article Number e12451
APA6 Citation Tang, Y., Chan, F. K. S., O'Donnell, E. C., Griffiths, J., Lau, L., Higgitt, D., & Thorne, C. R. (2018). Aligning ancient and modern approaches to sustainable urban water management in China: Ningbo as a ‘Blue-Green City’ in the ‘Sponge City’ Campaign. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 11(4), doi:10.1111/jfr3.12451
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12451
Keywords Blue‐Green Cities; Integrated flood risk management; Sponge Cities; Integrated water management; Sustainable drainage systems; Water‐sensitive urban design
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jfr3.12451
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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