Household flood risk reduction in the Czech Republic

  • Barbora DužíEmail author
  • Dmytro Vikhrov
  • Ilan Kelman
  • Robert Stojanov
  • Jiří Jakubínský
Original Article


This paper uses household surveys in the Bečva River Basin, the Czech Republic to determine the coping and adaptation measures that are implemented for flood risk reduction. In 2012, door-to-door surveys with household residents (N = 304) were completed in areas of high, low, and ostensibly no flood risk. Using a probit model as a regression technique through the statistical software STATA, we explored factors that potentially influence coping and adaptation. Overall, coping and adaptation measures for flooding were not undertaken extensively and the rate of change to adopt measures was slow, even amongst flood-affected households. More work is needed to understand the reasons behind their reticence, especially to confirm how much financial factors are a limiting agent. The regression analysis indicated that more children and more men in the household supported the adoption of adaptation measures. As well, when people perceive that they live in a low or high flood risk zone, the likelihood of taking some adaptation measurements increases compared with the perception of living in a no flood risk zone. Meanwhile, the highest negative correlation was that living in a house elevated off the ground decreases the likelihood of taking other adaptation measurements by 20 %.


Bečva River Basin Czech Republic Flood risk reduction Floods Household adaptation Household coping 



Support from the grants “Partnership in Climate Research and Adaptation Strategies”, No. CZ.1.07/2.4.00/31.0056, “Climate Change and Migration as Adaptation”, No. LD LD13032, and “Challenges of Urban Agriculture in Europe”, No. LD13033 is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbora Duží
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dmytro Vikhrov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ilan Kelman
    • 3
  • Robert Stojanov
    • 1
    • 4
  • Jiří Jakubínský
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Adaptation Strategies Research, Global Change Research CentreThe Academy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicBrnoThe Czech Republic
  2. 2.CERGE-EIPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Risk Reduction Education for Disasters (Risk RED), and Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction (IRDR)University College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Social Geography & Regional Development, Faculty of ScienceCharles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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