chapter  12
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Governance of Climate Change in Coastal Cities: The Example of Hong Kong

ByHong Kong Maria Francesch-Huidobro

Coastal cities are sites of economic activity and centres of human and technological  development for the entire world economy and their respective nations. Their location ensures accessibility to assets within and outside their borders, while increasing  their vulnerability to current and potential climate hazards such as cyclones, intense  precipitation, flooding, sea-level rise, and coastal erosion and sedimentation. City  authorities are confronted with the duty to protect their cities from such hazards; thus,  their governing capacity for applying mitigating and adaptive measures to climate  changes is constantly challenged.