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Economics of Soil Erosion

Pushpam Kumar (Author)
Synopsis This book, based on interdisciplinary tradition of ecological economics, is an attempt to explore one of the most serious environmental problems of our time - soil erosion. Soil erosion has well been documented and researched by soil scientists and other ecologists but economic dimension remains in the periphery only. This book systematically analyses the response of economists to the problem of soil erosion in last 200 years. The analysis runs mainly in terms of absolute and relative scarcity. Both the arguments were examined with the help of a case study of Dehradoon Valley in India. This small valley in the foothills of Himalaya has witnessed severe soil erosion in recent years. In this book, erosion has been estimated by using Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE), subsequently the loss has been evaluated economically by adopting resource value approach and productivity approach. In order to prevent the solid loss, conservation methods – mechanical and biological – have been done which conservation has been done which eminently justifies the conservation effort on efficiency criteria. However, the ground reality suggests differently. The happening in the field has been explained in terms of market and information failures. Finally, it has been suggested that instead of following the prescription of relative scarcity and the market, state has to come forward with concrete plan and investment to halt this problem of soil erosion.
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About the author

Pushpam Kumar

Pushpam Kumar, Reader at the Institute of Economic Growth, holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the Delhi University. He has taught Master’s level students in the Department of Business Economics, Delhi University for several years. He is the Member Secretary to the World Bank constituted Environmental Economics Training committee for Practicing Economists and Non-Economists (EETCPN) of the ‘World Bank Aided India Environmental Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project in Environmental Economics’. He is involved in many international collaborative research projects and currently he is Coordinator of Responses Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA). His research interests include valuation and accounting of ecosystem services, bioprospecting and corporate social responsibility. His earlier book was Linkages of Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development: Some Issues in Modelling, Accounting and Valuation, Manak Publications, Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Economics of Soil Erosion
Author Pushpam Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8180690725
length xvi+177p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Appendices; Bibliography Index; 23cm.