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Cleaning Up the Ganges : A Cost Benefit Analysis of the Ganga Action Plan

A. Markandya and M.N. Murty, OUP, 2000, 300 p, tables, figs, ISBN : 0195649451, $33.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Cleaning Up the Ganges : A Cost Benefit Analysis of the Ganga Action Plan/A. Markandya and M.N. Murty

Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Major international river clean-up programmes: lessons for the Ganga Action Plan. 3. Methodology. 4. Cost of the Ganga Action Plan. 5. Measuring non-user benefits from cleaning the Ganges. 6. Measuring user benefits from cleaning up the Ganges. 7. The health impacts of the Ganga Action Plan. 8. A study of the impact of the GAP Projects on wastewater toxicants and their effects on agriculture, health, and the environment. 9. Fisheries on the river Ganga. 10. Agricultural benefits of the projects of the Ganga Action Plan. 11. Biodiversity of the Ganges: impacts of the Ganga Action Plan. 12. Economic and financial evaluation of the Ganga Action Plan. 13. Conclusion. Appendices. References. Index.

"The Ganga is the most important river system in India with almost one-tenth of the world’s population living within its basin. It is also one of the most polluted rivers in the country environmental pressures have attained intimidating proportions in recent years.

This volume analyses the case for cleaning the Ganga, using rigorous cost-benefit analysis. Benefits, both tangible and intangible, have been quantified. This study, one of the first of its kind, evaluates.

User and non-user benefits
Incidence of costs
Methods of appropriating part of the benefits for the financial sustainability of the project.
Income distribution benefits.
"This work presents an interdisciplinary approach with contributions from experts in water engineering, fisheries, bio-diversity, epidemiology, and economics.

The book will be interest to postgraduate students and scholars in environmental economics, policymakers, donor agencies, field-level activists and general readers with an interest in ecology and environment." (jacket)

[A. Markandya is Professor of Economics, Bath University, Bath, U.K.

M.N. Murty is Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.]

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