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Research article: Coastal flood-risk management practice in tai o, a town in Hong Kong

Adekola, Olalekan A.; Chan, Faith Ka Shun; Adekola, Olalekan; Ng, Cho Nam; Mitchell, Gordon; McDonald, Adrian T.


Olalekan A. Adekola

Faith Ka Shun Chan

Cho Nam Ng

Gordon Mitchell

Adrian T. McDonald


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. © 2013 National Association of Environmental Professionals.


Adekola, O. A., Chan, F. K. S., Adekola, O., Ng, C. N., Mitchell, G., & McDonald, A. T. (2013). Research article: Coastal flood-risk management practice in tai o, a town in Hong Kong. Environmental Practice, 15(03), 201-219.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 2, 2013
Publication Date Nov 4, 2013
Journal Environmental Practice
Print ISSN 1466-0466
Electronic ISSN 1466-0474
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 03
Pages 201-219
Keywords coastal, flood-risk, management, Tai O, Hong Kong
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