An economic analysis of policies for managing industrial water Pollution in the Kelani River, Sri Lanka

Ranasinghe Arachchige Asha Dilshani Gunawardena

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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    Abstract

    The thesis investigates policy instruments to manage industrial water pollution in Sri Lanka's Kelani river. The Kelani was selected as a case study as it exemplifies the challenges of managing water pollution in a rapidly industrializing and urbanizing region. Marginal abatement costs for biological oxygen demand are estimated using a distance function. Pollution transfer coefficients are estimated from a hydrology model of water quality. The abatement costs and transfer coefficients are integrated in an economic model to determine a set of cost-effective policies. The analysis shows that a tradeable permit system based on multiple river zones is the optimal policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • White, Ben, Supervisor
    • Pandit, Ram, Supervisor
    • Hailu, Atakelty, Supervisor
    • Wijeratne, Sarath, Supervisor
    Award date13 Sept 2016
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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