Ecological health of rivers: a case for integrating government, community and private sector towards regional sustainability

Alam, M. Khorshed and Marinova, Dora (2003) Ecological health of rivers: a case for integrating government, community and private sector towards regional sustainability. In: International Sustainability Conference: Regional Governance for Sustainability, 17-19 Sep 2003, Perth, Western Australia.

Abstract

Many cities and towns are established on the banks of rivers. People have long relied on rivers for trade, transportation, fishing and recreation as well as for cleaning and waste removal. Historically, the Buriganga River, which crosses Dahka, the capital of Bangladesh, has facilitated the urbanisation of the country. The physical nature of the river however is being constantly changed due to human intervention. Its ecological health is now threatened; it has become a dying river both hydrologically and biologically. The government and city authorities find it difficult to provide the funds for cleaning up the river and preventing further pollution. Using an extended contingency valuation approach, this paper argues that there are resources available within the community that can be mobilised to improve the ecological health of the river. It also proposes government-community-private sector partnerships for restoring the ecological health of the river as well as eliminating or abating the potential sources of pollution. Part of this model is a decentralised system for waste collection, processing and management.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: A revised version of this paper has been published as: Alam, Khorshed and Marinova, Dora (2003) Measuring total value of a river cleanup. Water Science and Technology, 48 (7). pp. 149-156. ISSN 0273-1223.
Depositing User: Dr Khorshed Alam
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2010 11:36
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: contingency valuation; Buriganga River; waste collection
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960709 Urban Water Policy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7934

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