SC 9.9 Exploring spatial planning as a means to deal with flood risks: comparing experiences in the face of institutional differences between the US and the Netherlands

Thursday 12 May, 08.45 – 10.30, Oscar Auditorium

Climate change policy arrangements often emphasise large-scale flood protection facilities aoriented spatial planning and climate change-related risk awareness in policies and plans of t the expense of more diffuse, spatially oriented and/or private-actor driven developments such as adaptation-corporations and citizens. This session sets out to enable an exchange of experiences in dealing with the (potential) tension between
top-down, ‘high-tech’ solutions and bottom-up, formally less articulate approaches to climate adaptation. Two accounts of local, practical experiences form the basis for a reflective conversation between scholars and practitioners on the relation between institutional setting and policy design in climate adaptation.

Organised by Anne Loeber, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Paul Kirshen, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Partners Municipality of Dordrecht, the Netherlands
ORG-ID, the Netherlands
Chair Anne Loeber, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Rapporteur Robert de Graaff, ORG-ID, the Netherlands

Creating a workable climate resiliency planning model for East Boston for low-income communities
Paul Kirshen, School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts, USA

Managing adaptive responses to changing flood risks in Dordrecht: creating options for spatial adaptation
Ellen Kelder, Municipality of Dordrecht, the Netherlands