Chinese ‘Sponge Cities’ Seek to Turn Water Challenges into Opportunities

26 Sep 2016 by Local Press Report

Flooding is actually rated as one of the most destructive natural hazards in China with damage mostly experienced across cities, as a result of heavy summer rainfall. In an effort to avoid the effect of the loss of green and open spaces within cities, and the related social, economic and environmental costs, in 2013 the Chinese Central Government called for the widespread adoption of, ‘the sponge city' approach, providing the necessary financing for pilot activities across 16 urban districts for 2015 and 14 for 2016.

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