‘The Environment can Wait’ in the Dhaka Watershed: Impacts and Costs of Industrial Pollution

By Nandini Dasgupta.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The paper argues that Bangladesh needs to shift from its ‘go-for-growth’ economic policy to one where exigencies of growth and environment are balanced. The rationale behind is the untreated discharge of industrial effluents which is resulting in the steady degradation of land and water resources; decline in agricultural productivity; loss of economic activities and increasing health impacts on those who come in contact with contaminants directly and/or indirectly. The poor are carrying a double burden of increased medical expenditure and lost workdays due diseases.
This paper identifies four impact pathways of pollution and estimates the costs of medical expenses of specific diseases; workdays and productivity losses resulting from inability to work at normal levels; and loss to farmers from declining rice productivity.

Keywords: Economic Policy, Industrial Pollution, Degradation of Natural Resource Base, Impacts and Costs of Pollution

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.13-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.268MB).

Dr. Nandini Dasgupta

Director of Research and Enterprise, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich, Park Row, London, UK

University of Greenwich, London, UK

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