Households' Perceived Responsibilities in Flood Risk Management in The Netherlands

Teun Terpstra, Jan M. Gutteling

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Flood risk management in the Netherlands is on the eve of shifting primarily from prevention towards risk management, including disaster preparedness and response and citizen participation. This study explores Dutch households' perceived responsibility for taking private protection measures. Survey results (n = 658) indicate that flood risk perception is low, that 73% of the respondents regard the government as primarily responsible for protection against flood damage, but that about 50% viewed disaster preparedness as an equal responsibility between themselves and the government. Thus, a substantial part of the public may have an open attitude to communication about disaster preparation measures. Dilemmas for increasing citizen participation are discussed.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)551-561
JournalInternational journal of water resources development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • METIS-253450
  • IR-80588

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