Coping with landslide risk through preventive resettlement. Designing optimal strategies through choice experiments for the Mount Elgon region, Uganda

Landslides are a widespread phenomenon in the East African highlands, significantly reducing agricultural productivity and affecting rural income generating activities. In addition, the livelihoods of the poorest are most likely to be adversely affected by landslides. Traditionally, landslide risk is reduced by means of effective planning and management. However, in many regions, these measures are incapable to offer a long-term solution because of high population density and land shortage. Therefore, our paper uses a choice experiment to investigate whether preventive resettlement could be a feasible disaster risk reduction strategy for the population at risk in agricultural areas in Bududa district, East Uganda. Our study provides the first analysis of resettlement related preferences of people that are affected by environmental degradation. Our results enable us to assess community support for resettlement strategies ex ante and give valuable policy advice for future resettlement plans in a very cost-effective manner.

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