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Distributional effects of flood risk management: a cross-country comparison of preflood compensation
Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University School of Law.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.
Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University.
Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University London.
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2016 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 21, no 4, 26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We seek to examine the manner in which either the EU member states of France, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden or parts of them, such as the country of England in the UK or the Flemish Region in Belgium, deal with the distributional effects of the flood risk management strategies prevention, defense, and mitigation. Measures carried out in each of these strategies can cause preflood harm, as in the devaluation of property or loss of income. However, different member states and authorities address this harm in different ways. A descriptive overview of the different compensation regimes in the field of flood risk management is followed by an analysis of these differences and an explanation of what may cause them, such as the geographical differences that lead to differences in the way that they interfere with private rights and the dominant legal principles that underlie compensation regimes. An elaborated compensation regime could lead to more equitable and legitimate flood risk management because the burdens are fairly spread and all interests—including those of injured parties—are considered in the decision-making process. Our aim is to stimulate the hardly existent discussion on the financial harm that is caused by measures to prevent floods (preflood), in addition to the already existing discussion on the ex post flood distributional effects.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 4, 26
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defense, égalité devant les charges publiques, equity, flood risk management, legitimacy, loss, no-fault liability, preflood compensation, prevention, protection of property rights, solidarity, spatial planning
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Law (excluding Law and Society)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60613DOI: 10.5751/ES-08648-210426ISI: 000391199400007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85008164007OAI: diva2:1050011
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme

Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-01-13 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2017-02-10Bibliographically approved

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