Floodplain Residents’ Preferences for Water Level Management Options in Flood Control Projects in Bangladesh

  • Harun Rasid
  • Wolfgang Haider


A maximum difference conjoint (MDC) model was part of a questionnaire to assess floodplain residents’ preferences for the outcomes of water level management inside an enclosed embankment system on the left bank of the Dhaleswari River, called the Compartmentalization Pilot Project (CPP)-Tangail. The outcomes were described as (a) varied flood depths in the rice field, (b) incidence of flooding on the courtyard and inside homes, (c) changes in floodplain and culture fisheries, and (d) varied conditions of drainage congestion. Following a standard survey, the respondents from inside and outside a completed section of the compartment (Cluster lb) were shown profiles of these flood management outcomes and were asked to indicate for each profile the one most preferred and the one least preferred item. The results of the study indicated that the respondents had a clear preference for preventing flooding of their homes and courtyards and for an ideal water depth of 2 ft in the aman rice fields. At the same time, they also showed a strong concern about malfunctioning of sluices and to a lesser extent about the changes in the fish habitat. The successful application of the MDC as an approach to model tradeoffs among rural residents of Bangladesh shows that a relatively complex quantitative survey method, incorporating choice cards as pictograms, can be applied successfully even in a developing country.

Key words

compartmentalization project regulated flood regimes environmental impacts flood-plain residents’ preferences stated preference models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harun Rasid
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Haider
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  2. 2.School of Resource and Environmental ManagementSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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