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Residents and flood risk management in Flanders: two worlds apart?

Barbara Tempels (UGent)
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Although flood risk is usually framed as a physical problem, there is also an important socio-spatial side to the issue. Potential damages are influenced by a large number of individual decisions such as location choice or private flood protection measures. Flood risk management is shifting towards including these elements through responsibilization of spatial planners and civil society. However, since flood risk management in Western Europe is strongly government-led and solutions were usually confined within the boundaries of the water system itself, there is little knowledge on how to do this. Therefore, this paper looks into the point of view of residents in flood-prone areas, based on a survey (n=183) in the Dender basin (Flanders, Belgium). The paper first discusses five themes: the residents’ knowledge, risk perception, location choice, sense of responsibility, and protective behavior and seeds of self-initiative. The survey shows that residents are very much attached to their homes, but at the same time take little action. Remarkable is that even though Flanders has a relatively weak tradition in spatial planning, residents place responsibility for living in flood-prone areas on the government, and therefore they feel entitled to public protection.
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flood risk management, residents, Flanders

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Tempels, Barbara. 2015. “Residents and Flood Risk Management in Flanders: Two Worlds Apart?” In AESOP Annual Congress 2015 : Definite Space, Fuzzy Responsibility, Proceedings, 2912–2927.
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Tempels, B. (2015). Residents and flood risk management in Flanders: two worlds apart? AESOP Annual Congress 2015 : Definite space, fuzzy responsibility, Proceedings (pp. 2912–2927). Presented at the AESOP Annual Congress 2015 : Definite space, fuzzy responsibility.
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Tempels B. Residents and flood risk management in Flanders: two worlds apart? AESOP Annual Congress 2015 : Definite space, fuzzy responsibility, Proceedings. 2015. p. 2912–27.
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Tempels, Barbara. “Residents and Flood Risk Management in Flanders: Two Worlds Apart?” AESOP Annual Congress 2015 : Definite Space, Fuzzy Responsibility, Proceedings. 2015. 2912–2927. Print.
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  abstract     = {Although flood risk is usually framed as a physical problem, there is also an important socio-spatial side to the issue. Potential damages are influenced by a large number of individual decisions such as location choice or private flood protection measures. Flood risk management is shifting towards including these elements through responsibilization of spatial planners and civil society.

However, since flood risk management in Western Europe is strongly government-led and solutions were usually confined within the boundaries of the water system itself, there is little knowledge on how to do this. Therefore, this paper looks into the point of view of residents in flood-prone areas, based on a survey (n=183) in the Dender basin (Flanders, Belgium). The paper first discusses five themes: the residents{\textquoteright} knowledge, risk perception, location choice, sense of responsibility, and protective behavior and seeds of self-initiative. The survey shows that residents are very much attached to their homes, but at the same time take little action. Remarkable is that even though Flanders has a relatively weak tradition in spatial planning, residents place responsibility for living in flood-prone areas on the government, and therefore they feel entitled to public protection.},
  author       = {Tempels, Barbara},
  booktitle    = {AESOP Annual Congress 2015 : Definite space, fuzzy responsibility, Proceedings},
  isbn         = {9788001057827},
  keyword      = {flood risk management,residents,Flanders},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Prague, Czech Republic},
  pages        = {2912--2927},
  title        = {Residents and flood risk management in Flanders: two worlds apart?},
  year         = {2015},
}