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Seminar: Climate Change Adaptation in Hong Kong from Urban Planning Perspective: Flood Zoning as Control Mechanism

Hong Kong Institute of Planners

Education and Training Committee



Climate Change Adaptation in Hong Kong

from Urban Planning Perspective:

Flood Zoning as Control Mechanism




Ms. Tracy Wong

Town Planner, MHKIP 

About the Seminar:

With rising sea level and higher intensity of typhoons under climate change, severe storm surge is anticipated and more frequent and extensive coastal flooding will be induced. Conventional way of flood adaptation through engineering measures with past design standard could not catch up with the latest flood occurrence and magnitude.  Upgrading of infrastructure would be costly, disruptive to local community and not flexible and timely enough to respond to the growing flooding risk.  Flood adaptation from urban planning perspective is therefore pursued to complement and compensate for the design failure of engineering and structural measures.


As land use planning is governed by zoning control in Hong Kong, flood zoning is proposed to be the research focus.  The analysis would review the literature on flooding risks to Hong Kong and the influence of urban planning on flood adaptation policies.  To enable more in-depth analysis, a flood-prone community of Heng Fa Chuen and Chai Wan located at the south-eastern coast of the Victoria Harbour was selected for pilot testing of flood zoning with recommendations proposed.

About the Speaker:

Miss Tracy Wong works for the HKSARG Development Bureau as the Place Making Manager (Planning) in the Energizing Kowloon East Office.  She has over 10 years of planning experience involving projects in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Taiwan.  She also has urban planning volunteer experience in South Africa and the Philippines. 

Tracy possessed degree of MSc (Urban Planning) with distinction at the University of Hong Kong and was a recipient of the HKIP Student Award.  She is also a recent graduate at the University of Cambridge for MSt (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment) programme.  The presentation illustrates part of her research at Cambridge and the findings were also presented at the International Society of City and Regional Planning (ISOCARP) 54th World Planning Congress at Bodo, Norway.


 Date: 28 May 2019 (Tue)

 Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

HKIP Office (Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong)


Language: English


*The seminar is free of charge. The seminar is equivalent to 1.5 CPD hours.


Registration deadline: 21 May 2019



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