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Aspiration and reality: flood policy, economic damages and the appraisal process

March 2009

Research shows that flood damage potential has increased significantly in the last 15 years

Aspiration and reality: flood policy, economic damages and the appraisal process

The following abstract is for an article that was published in Area, Volume 39 Issue 2 Page 214 - 223, June 2007.

"Aspiration and reality: flood policy, economic damages and the appraisal process"

Research shows that flood damage potential has increased significantly in the last 15 years. At the same time, flood policy has shifted away from simplistic flood defence towards 'living with floods' and 'making space for water'. This paper explores the mis-match between the aspiration in policy ideals, the reality of rising potential economic damages and the inability of the flood risk appraisal process to match the aspiration with the reality. Unless investment appraisal procedures are changed, the increase in damages will undermine policy changes that seek a different pattern of flood risk management, away from economically dominated decision-criteria towards more sustainable objectives.

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