Climate change renders flood adaptation imperative, particularly in cities of the Global South where structural disadvantages translate into high vulnerability among poor communities. In 2009, the government of Sao Paulo, Brazil, announced the construction of the Parque Várzeas do Tietê (PVT), calling for the removal of thousands of low-income floodplain dwellers to safeguard the city against flooding. This thesis focuses on the PVT to examine how multiple stakeholders conceive, implement, and contest flood adaptation in a context of asymmetric power relations. It demonstrates how adaptation entwines with top- down, uneven development trajectories while sketching more inclusive and sustainable approaches from below.
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