Sticks and carrots for reducing property-level risks from floods: an EU-US comparative perspective

Suykens, Cathy, Tarlock, Dan, Priest, Sally J. ORCID logoORCID:, Van Doorn-Hoekveld, Willemijn J. and Van Rijswick, Helena F. M. W. (2019) Sticks and carrots for reducing property-level risks from floods: an EU-US comparative perspective. Water International, 44 (5) . pp. 622-639. ISSN 0250-8060 [Article] (doi:10.1080/02508060.2019.1640957)

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In discussing legal and policy frameworks for flood risk management, the attention is often put on increasing resilience in public spaces. In terms of private properties, discussions are geared toward enhancing the adaptive capacity of future developments. This paper focuses on the instruments associated with resilience of existing privately owned residential buildings mainly from the perspective of post-flood policies and compensation regimes. The paper scrutinizes the relevant legal and policy landscapes in the United States, the European Union and two Member States – the UK and the Netherlands. The goal is to provide mutual lessons learned between the EU, its Member States, and the US and to set forth generally applicable recommendations for improving post-flood policies for existing buildings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): post-flood policy, mitigation, existing privately owned buildings, insurance
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 27286
Notes on copyright: Published version: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

Final accepted version: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Water International on 17/09/2019, available online:
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Depositing User: Sally Priest
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:58

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