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The levee effect along the Jamuna River in Bangladesh
IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, Delft, Netherlands;Univ Amsterdam, Fac Social & Behav Sci, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, Delft, Netherlands.
KTH, Dept Sustainable Dev Environm Sci & Engn, Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, LUVAL. IHE Delft Inst Water Educ, Dept Integrated Water Syst & Governance, Delft, Netherlands;Ctr Nat Hazards & Disaster Sci, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8180-4996
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2019 (English)In: Water international, ISSN 0250-8060, E-ISSN 1941-1707, Vol. 44, no 5, p. 496-519Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The levee effect refers to the paradox that the construction of a levee to protect from flooding might induce property owners to invest more in their property, increasing the potential damages should the levee breach. Thus, paradoxically, the levee might increase flood risk. The levee effect was observed for high-income countries. We analyze whether it can also be observed in a low-income country, Bangladesh. In the Jamuna floodplain different levels of flood protection have existed alongside each other since the 1960s, so their effects can be compared.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 44, no 5, p. 496-519
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Levee effect, flood risk management, economic development, Bangladesh
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Water Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-398719DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2019.1619048ISI: 000472390600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-398719DiVA, id: diva2:1376996
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EU, European Research Council, 761678StandUpAvailable from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-10 Last updated: 2019-12-10Bibliographically approved

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