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Household flood risk reduction in the Czech Republic


  • Barbora Duží


  • Dmytro Vikhrov


  • Ilan Kelman


  • Robert Stojanov


  • Jiří Jakubínský



This paper uses household surveys in the Bečva River Basin, the Czech Republic to determine the coping and adaptation measures that are implemented for flood risk reduction. In 2012, door-to-door surveys with household residents (N = 304) were completed in areas of high, low, and ostensibly no flood risk. Using a probit model as a regression technique through the statistical software STATA, we explored factors that potentially influence coping and adaptation. Overall, coping and adaptation measures for flooding were not undertaken extensively and the rate of change to adopt measures was slow, even amongst flood-affected households. More work is needed to understand the reasons behind their reticence, especially to confirm how much financial factors are a limiting agent. The regression analysis indicated that more children and more men in the household supported the adoption of adaptation measures. As well, when people perceive that they live in a low or high flood risk zone, the likelihood of taking some adaptation measurements increases compared with the perception of living in a no flood risk zone. Meanwhile, the highest negative correlation was that living in a house elevated off the ground decreases the likelihood of taking other adaptation measurements by 20 %. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Barbora Duží & Dmytro Vikhrov & Ilan Kelman & Robert Stojanov & Jiří Jakubínský, 2015. "Household flood risk reduction in the Czech Republic," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 499-504, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:masfgc:v:20:y:2015:i:4:p:499-504
    DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9504-9

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    1. W. Botzen & J. Aerts & J. Bergh, 2013. "Individual preferences for reducing flood risk to near zero through elevation," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 229-244, February.
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    1. Pavel Raška, 2015. "Flood risk perception in Central-Eastern European members states of the EU: a review," Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Springer;International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, vol. 79(3), pages 2163-2179, December.
    2. Robert Stojanov & Barbora Duží & Tomáš Daněk & Daniel Němec & David Procházka, 2015. "Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Extremes in Central Europe: A Case Study in a Rural Area in the Czech Republic," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(9), pages 1-29, September.


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