Promoting adaptive flood risk management: the role and potential of flood recovery mechanisms

Priest, Sally J., Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C. and Suykens, Cathy (2016) Promoting adaptive flood risk management: the role and potential of flood recovery mechanisms. In: FLOODrisk 2016 - 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management, 17-21 Oct 2016, Lyon, France.

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There is a high potential for recovery mechanisms to be used to incentivise the uptake of flood mitigation and loss reduction measures, undertake adaptation and promote community resilience. Indeed, creating a resilient response to flooding requires flood risk management approaches to be aligned and it needs to be ensured that recovery mechanisms to not provide disincentives for individuals and business to take proactive action to reduce risk. However, the degree to which it is desirable and effective for insurers and governments providing compensation to promote resilience and risk reduction depends upon how the cover or compensation is organised and the premiums which are charged. A review of international flood recovery mechanisms has been undertaken to identify firstly the types of schemes that exist and their characteristics. Analysis of existing instruments highlights that there are various potential approaches to encourage or require the uptake of flood mitigation and also discourage the construction of new development in high flood risk. However despite the presence of these instruments, those organising recovery mechanisms could be doing much more to incentivise increased resilience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper published in: E3S Web Conf. Volume 7, 2016, 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016), Article Number 17005
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 21238
Notes on copyright: © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (
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Depositing User: Sally Priest
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 15:11
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 05:41

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