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Valuing Ecosystem Services to Agricultural Production to Inform Policy Design: An Introduction

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  • Emma Aisbett

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    (Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University)

  • Marit Kragt

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    (School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA)

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There is an ongoing policy debate regarding both how much government intervention there should be to protect ecosystems affected by agriculture, and how the costs of these interventions should be distributed across different interest groups. In accordance with the policy focus in most countries, the majority of the valuation literature on ecosystem services and agriculture estimates the benefits that managed agricultural landscapes can provide to the rest of society. We argue, however, that the efficiency and equity of policies for ecosystem services related to agriculture can be further enhanced by understanding the value and sources of ecosystem services that agricultural production receives. With this in mind, we survey studies and techniques for estimating the value of ecosystem services to agricultural production.

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Paper provided by Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports with number 1073.

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