Cost-benefit analysis of restoring the Buriganga River, Bangladesh

Alam, Khorshed (2008) Cost-benefit analysis of restoring the Buriganga River, Bangladesh. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 24 (4). pp. 593-607. ISSN 0790-0627


The focus of this paper is to perform a cost–benefit analysis to determine the economic efficiency of the restoration of a dying river in Bangladesh, namely the Buriganga River. The benefits of the restoration programme are derived by using market data and employing benefit transfer and contingent valuation techniques. The values generated by this approach are integrated into the framework of a cost–benefit analysis, which showed a benefit-cost ratio of 4.35. This demonstrates that the restoration of dying rivers in developing countries is not only an environmental imperative, but is also socially and economically justifiable.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy. Submitted version made not accessible at author's request.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2008 04:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buriganga River; benefit transfer; contingent valuation; cost-benefit analysis
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961204 Rehabilitation of Degraded Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/07900620802224486

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