An integrated city-level planning process to address the impacts of climate change in Kenya

the case of Mombasa

Justus Kithiia*, Robyn Dowling

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Climate change presents one of the greatest challenges in urban development planning, yet leadership from planning can help society grapple with this challenge. Success in planning is especially important in coastal cities, where urbanization is heavily influenced by the coastline, and development planning processes have to take into consideration the socio-economic as well as ecological reasons why cities were located at the coast. This paper investigates the possibilities of and impediments to an integrated city-level planning framework that is responsive to climate change, using the case of the East African coastal city of Mombasa. It contends that both the principle of subsidiarity as well as the established law give the municipal government the necessary jurisdiction over the baseline issues underlying city management, which through stakeholder engagement, can be leveraged to facilitate an integrated climate change-responsive planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-475
Number of pages10
JournalCities
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Adaptive capacity
  • Climate change
  • Coastal cities
  • Integrated planning
  • Mombasa
  • Municipal authority

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