1st Edition

Financial Schemes for Resilient Flood Recovery

Edited By Lenka Slavíková, Thomas Hartmann, Thomas Thaler Copyright 2022
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    Financial schemes for flood recovery, if properly designed and implemented, might increase flood resilience. However, options for the increase of flood resilience during the recovery phase are to a large extent overlooked and the diversity of existing schemes shows that there has been a lack of consensus on how to achieve resilient flood recovery.

    Financial Schemes for Resilient Flood Recovery investigates how the implementation of financial schemes (government relief subsidies, insurance schemes, buy-outs, etc.) might increase flood resilience. The chapters included in this edited volume address the following questions: Shall government relief subsidies exist when there is flood insurance in place, and, if so, how might they both be coordinated? Where (or how) to decide about build back better incentives and where to go for planned relocation programs? What is the distributional equity of financial schemes for flood recovery, and has it been sufficiently treated?

    The book covers different approaches to flood recovery schemes with specific intervention rationales in different countries. Empirical evidence provided clearly shows the great diversity of financial flood recovery schemes. This diversity of state-funded schemes, private-based insurance schemes, and hybrids as well as planned relocation schemes indicates a lack of a consistent and strategic approach in flood risk management and flood resilience about flood recovery.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the Environmental Hazards.

    Introduction: financial schemes for resilient flood recovery

    Lenka Slavíková, Thomas Hartmann and Thomas Thaler

    1. Measuring social equity in flood recovery funding

    Christopher T. Emrich, Eric Tate, Sarah E. Larson and Yao Zhou

    2. Approaches to state flood recovery funding in Visegrad Group Countries

    Lenka Slavíková, Pavel Raška, Kazimierz Banasik, Marton Barta, Andras Kis, Silvia Kohnová, Piotr Matczak and Ján Szolgay

    3. Financial recovery schemes in Austria: how planned relocation is used as an answer to future flood events

    Thomas Thaler and Sven Fuchs

    4. The French Cat’ Nat’ system: post-flood recovery and resilience issues

    Bernard Barraqué and Annabelle Moatty

    5. An assessment of best practices of extreme weather insurance and directions for a more resilient society

    P. Hudson, L.T. De Ruig, M.C. de Ruiter, O.J. Kuik, W.J.W. Botzen, X. Le Den, M. Persson, A. Benoist and C.N. Nielsen

    6. Disaster, relocation, and resilience: recovery and adaptation of Karamemedesane in Lily Tribal Community after Typhoon Morakot, Taiwan, Environmental Hazards

    Sasala Taiban, Hui-Nien Lin and Chun-Chieh Ko

    7. Post-disaster communalism: land use, ownership, and the shifting ‘publicness’ of urban space in recovery

    Elyse M. Zavar and Ronald L. Schumann III

    8. Prospects for disaster management in China and the role of insurance

    Xian Xu


    Lenka Slavíková is Associate Professor in public economics at J.E. Purkyně University, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. She specializes in water and biodiversity governance with the focus on Central and Eastern European Countries. She investigates flood risk perception of household and municipalities and financial instruments to achieve flood resilience.

    Thomas Hartmann is Associate Professor at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and he teaches at J.E. Purkyně University, Ústí and Laben, Czech Republic, and Bonn University, Germany. He combines an engineering perspective with socio-political approaches to flood risk management and land policies and has published numerous papers, books, and special issues on these topics.

    Thomas Thaler is Research Fellow at the Institute of Mountain Risk Engineering, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. He focuses on design and effectiveness of natural hazard governance systems as well as integrating European environmental policies into national and local institutions.