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Risk-sharing policies in the context of the French Flood Prevention Action Programmes

Erdlenbruch, Katrin and Thoyer, Sophie and Grelot, Frédéric and Kast, Robert and Enjolras, Geoffroy (2009): Risk-sharing policies in the context of the French Flood Prevention Action Programmes. Published in: Journal of Environmental Management , Vol. 91, No. 2 (November 2009): pp. 363-369.

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Abstract

This article analyzes the consequences for risk distribution of the French Flood Prevention Action Programme (PAPI). By redirecting floods from the most vulnerable to the least vulnerable areas, PAPIs expose farmers to greater flood risks. This has led local water management institutions to introduce compensation payments. The article outlines the results of an exhaustive survey of all PAPI programmes in France, which examined the way the compensation policies are set up locally. Results of the survey showed that the proposed policies may be financially non-viable. Several more viable risk-sharing solutions are then discussed, involving insurance schemes, state intervention and local institutions.

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