To reveal or not to reveal? The impact of mapping environmental conditions on property rights in Taiwan

Tzu-Yuan Chao, Yun Chou

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Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters, including weather, health and seismic events, caused US$1.7 trillion in both direct and indirect damages globally. Under the ever-increasing threat of global climate change there is growing concern as to how much risk the property market can endure from extreme weather events, especially in Pacific Rim countries. In Taiwan, the right to obtain information about the potential hazard risks of a certain property has gained more awareness from both property owners and stakeholders. According to the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act in 2000, information on disaster potential, hazard degree, situation simulation and risk analysis with regard to nine types of natural hazard are required to be released to the public. However, there are disputes between different government departments about how detailed the information should be and how to deal with the potential consequences caused by its release. This chapter aims to approach this issue from two directions. First, a review of the possible impacts of disaster information release under the current planning and disaster prevention legal system and related issues. Second, a case study is conducted to evaluate the potential stigma effect resulting from the disaster information release from two aspects: real estate market analysis and questionnaires for residents and property owners. Finally, this chapter proposes suggestions for future regulation of disaster information release.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProperty Rights and Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationLand Use under Changing Environmental Conditions
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315520087
ISBN (Print)9781138698000
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Engineering


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