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Direct and indirect benefits of improving river quality: quantifying benefits and a case study of the River Klang, Malaysia

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This paper describes the potential benefits to be gained from improving the quality of urban rivers and evaluates the methods commonly used to quantify such benefits. The difficulties encountered in quantifying non-use benefits in developing countries are discussed with particular reference to the River Klang that drains the urban conurbation of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, where as in many other locations in developing countries the only potential benefits are the most difficult to justify, namely indirect and non-use benefits.

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  • Robert M. Bradley, 2010. "Direct and indirect benefits of improving river quality: quantifying benefits and a case study of the River Klang, Malaysia," Environment Systems and Decisions, Springer, vol. 30(3), pages 228-241, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:envsyd:v:30:y:2010:i:3:d:10.1007_s10669-010-9267-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s10669-010-9267-8
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