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Ronny Berndtsson

Professor, Dep Director, MECW Dep Scientific Coordinator

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Social acceptability of flood management strategies under climate change using contingent valuation method (CVM)


  • Fatemeh Fadia Maghsood
  • Hamidreza Moradi
  • Ronny Berndtsson
  • Mostafa Panahi
  • Alireza Daneshi
  • Hossein Hashemi
  • Ali Reza Massah Bavani

Summary, in English

Floods are natural hazards with serious impact on many aspects of human life. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that climate change already has significant impact on magnitude and frequency of flood events worldwide. Thus, it is suggested to adopt strategies to manage damage impacts of climate change. For this, involving the local community in the decision-making process, as well as experts and decision-makers, is essential. We focused on assessing the social acceptability of flood management strategies under climate change through a socio-hydrological approach using the Contingent Valuation Method (CVM). For this purpose as well, hydro-climate modelling and the Analytical Network Process (ANP) were used. Among twelve investigated flood management strategies, "river restoration", "agricultural management and planning", and "watershed management" were the publicly most accepted strategies. Assessment of the social acceptability of these three strategies was carried out by use of the CVM and Willingness to Pay (WTP) methodology. Generally, 50%, 38%, and 18% were willing to pay and 44%, 48%, and 52% were willing to contribute flood management strategy in zones 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Overall, peoples' WTP for flood management strategies decreased with increasing distance from the river. Among different investigated dependent variables, household income had the highest influence on WTP.


  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Division of Water Resources Engineering
  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World
  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)
  • LTH Profile Area: Water

Publishing year





Sustainability (Switzerland)





Document type

Journal article




  • Human Geography


  • Analytical Network Process
  • Contingent valuation method
  • Flood management
  • Social acceptability
  • WTP




  • ISSN: 2071-1050