Equity Impacts of Urban Land Use Planning for Climate Adaptation: Critical Perspectives from the Global North and South

Isabelle Anguelovski, Linda Shi, Eric Chu, Daniel Gallagher, Kian Goh, Zachary Lamb, Kara Reeve, Hannah Teicher

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Abstract

© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. A growing number of cities are preparing for climate change impacts by developing adaptation plans. However, little is known about how these plans and their implementation affect the vulnerability of the urban poor. We critically assess initiatives in eight cities worldwide and find that land use planning for climate adaptation can exacerbate socio-spatial inequalities across diverse developmental and environmental conditions. We argue that urban adaptation injustices fall into two categories: acts of commission, when interventions negatively affect or displace poor communities, and acts of omission, when they protect and prioritize elite groups at the expense of the urban poor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-348
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • climate adaptation
  • critical adaptation studies
  • environmental justice
  • land use planning
  • resilience planning

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