Environmental Economic Approach for Resolving the Environmental Crisis in Jerusalem’s Kidron River Basin

By Boaz Barak.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Rapid growth, pollution and neglect have had major environmental, health and economic consequences in the Kidron River Basin, Jerusalem’s cradle of the three monotheistic faiths. The Israeli-Palestinian geopolitical conflict further complicates the region’s urbanization challenges with a history of mistrust between Israeli authorities and local Palestinian residents, lack of infrastructure investment and significant illegal construction. This paper offers a new approach for addressing the environmental crisis by applying environmental economic methods that account for the welfare of all stakeholders in the region. The proposed methodology incorporates society’s values for environment and natural habitat and provides a tool for public policy decision making that can be justifiable to all sides of the conflict.

Keywords: Environmental Economics, Welfare Economics, Kaldor–Hicks Criterion, Geopolitical Conflict, Sewage and Waste Management, Jerusalem

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.65-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 818.088KB).

Dr. Boaz Barak

Faculty Member, Department of Economics, The Western Galilee College, Acre, Israel

Dr. Boaz Barak is a faculty member in the Department of Economics at The Western Galilee College, Israel. He is also currently serving as environmental economist to the Kidron Valley Master Plan Project. Dr. Barak’s research includes evaluation of environmental services, climate change, and maximization of public utility. His primary fields of interest include: financial innovation to promote social needs, environmental and natural resource economics, non-market goods evaluation, and renewable energy economics. Previously, Dr. Barak was a principal research scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute, serving as consultant to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.