Difficult encounters around "monkey cheeks": Farmers' interests and the design of flood retention areas in Thailand

Trakuldit Thanaporn, Faysse Nicolas. 2019. Difficult encounters around "monkey cheeks": Farmers' interests and the design of flood retention areas in Thailand. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 12 (S2):e12543, 11 p.

Journal article ; Article de recherche ; Article de revue à facteur d'impact
Published version - Anglais
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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : WATER RESOURCES / Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Abstract : Flood retention areas are being increasingly promoted for flood risk management. People living in these areas will accept them if their interests are taken into account. The present study analyses the extent to which farmers' interests were taken into account in two flood retention projects in Thailand. A feasibility study was conducted in preparation for the first project which included public participation. The second project was a pilot project implemented in the same zone at a small scale. Participants in the public participation process and farmers living in proposed flood retention areas were interviewed for the purpose of the present study. Agreement could have been reached between the farmers and the public agencies concerning the flood retention areas. However, the participation process did not enable frank discussion about the conditions under which farmers would accept the project. The second project was designed without public participation and offered very little compensation to farmers. In countries marked by power imbalances in water resources management, public agencies may impose flood retention areas, but the absence of agreements with farmers can reduce the effectiveness of the measure. Reaching such agreements requires challenging the imbalanced power relationships between farmers and public agencies.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Lutte anti-inondation, Gestion des eaux, Participation communautaire, Agriculteur, Adoption de l'innovation, prévention des catastrophes, Projet de développement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Thaïlande

Mots-clés libres : Chao Phraya River Basin, Compensation, Flood retention area, Public participation, Thailand

Classification Agris : P10 - Water resources and management
P11 - Drainage

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Trakuldit Thanaporn, AIT (THA)
  • Faysse Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (THA) - auteur correspondant

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