The Economics of Solid Waste Management and Drainage: A Sustainable Approach for Making South Asian Cities Climate-Resilient

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Fall 6-29-2021


Cities in low-income countries are facing increasing threats of waterlogging and water contamination from improperly managed solid waste. Some of the responsible factors include a) rapid growth in urban population which has resulted in city areas expanding into low-lying flood-plains, b) climate change, which is likely to trigger increased intensity in rainfall events that would overwhelm the city drainage systems, and c) indiscriminate dumping of solid waste which might clog the drainage system resulting in water logging.

In order to understand the economics of the solid waste management and water logging issue, the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), in collaboration with the Asian Center for Development (ACD), conducted a study in Bharatpur (Nepal) and Sylhet (Bangladesh) using a variety of methods including hydrodynamic modeling, hedonic price model, randomized controlled trial, and choice experiment between 2017 and 2020.


International Center for Mountain Development (ICIMOD)




Asian Center for Developement