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Fukuoka: adapting to climate change through urban green space and the built environment.

Mabon, Leslie; Kondo, Kayoko; Kanekiyo, Hiroyuki; Hayabuchi, Yuriko; Yamaguchi, Asako


Leslie Mabon

Kayoko Kondo

Hiroyuki Kanekiyo

Yuriko Hayabuchi

Asako Yamaguchi


This paper profiles Fukuoka City in Kyushu, Japan. We focus on the city’s local climate change adaptation policies, and in particular the role of urban and greenspace planning in facilitating adaptation actions within Fukuoka. Fukuoka is a humid subtropical city which is currently experiencing significant population and economic growth. It has also made comparatively rigorous advances in climate adaptation, in a country context where local governments have been criticised for focusing more on mitigation. Fukuoka hence may yield lessons for other rapidly urbanising subtropical Asian cities. We illustrate that Fukuoka has a long tradition of science-policy connection towards the creation of a liveable urban environment. This creates a favourable research and policy infrastructure for adaptation, in particular mitigation of heat risk. This is evidenced in consideration of climate issues within the city’s greenspace plans since the 1990s, and in an extensive body of underpinning applied research from local institutions into urban thermal environments in particular. Fukuoka’s green terraced ACROS building has come to symbolise adaptation via the built environment, and has been followed by the emergence of further green roofs and through citizen and private sector involvement in smaller-scale greening actions. We caution that challenges remain around connecting different sections of local governments, and in maintaining climate and environmental imperatives in the face of ongoing development and expansion pressures.


MABON, L., KONDO, K., KANEKIYO, H., HAYABUCHI, Y. and YAMAGUCHI, A. 2019. Fukuoka: adapting to climate change through urban green space and the built environment? Cities [online], 93, pages 273-285. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 8, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2019
Publication Date Oct 31, 2019
Deposit Date May 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 5, 2020
Journal Cities
Print ISSN 0264-2751
Electronic ISSN 1873-6084
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 93
Pages 273-285
Keywords Climate change adaptation; Fukuoka; Urban climate change governance; Urban greenspace; Urban planning
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