Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Review of the Changes in the Environment and Natural Resources

41 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2010

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Anil Markandya

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3); University of Bath

Wan-Jung Chou

University of Bath

Date Written: June 21, 2010

Abstract

This paper reviews the environmental record of the transition countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia since the fall of the Berlin Wall, with a focus on areas of key concern to public policy at the present time. With the impacts of environment on public health being given the highest priority, we examined several associated health indicators at the national level, as well as looking at important environmental issues at the local level. In this respect, we focus on environmental problems related to air and water quality, land contamination, and solid waste management. Despite showing a highly differentiated performance across the region, the results suggest that inadequate environmental management seen in several of the transition countries in the past 20 years has put people’s health and livelihood under huge threats. Moreover, this paper looks at the development of policy responses and resources, i.e. environmental expenditures, in these countries, during the process of transiting from centrally planned economies to market-based one. Similarly, we identify various degrees of progress across the region. The findings reinforce the need for better coherence between national environmental expenditure and international environmental assistance, as well as the actual enforcement of national regulations and international agreements in those non-EU transition countries.

Keywords: Eastern Europe, Environmental Record, Public Health

JEL Classification: N34, N54, I18

Suggested Citation

Markandya, Anil and Chou, Wan-Jung, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Review of the Changes in the Environment and Natural Resources (June 21, 2010). FEEM Working Paper No. 65.2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1627915 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1627915

Anil Markandya (Contact Author)

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

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Bilbao, Vizcaya 48009
Spain

University of Bath ( email )

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Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Wan-Jung Chou

University of Bath ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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