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An economic assessment of the role of commercial tree crops to achieve greenhouse gas nuetrality in predominantly grazing systems of South-western Australia

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  • Elizabeth H. Petersen
  • Steven Schilizzi
  • David Bennett
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    The results of this analysis show that a long-term tree crop plantation is effective at reducing carbon emissions from a predominantly grazing farming system. However, if the plantations are destumped, much of the carbon will be returned to the atmosphere in time, in which case benefits are confined to their ability to ‘buy time’ for the development of less-polluting technologies. The accreditation of commercial tree crops may provide a socially and politically feasible solution for medium-term environmental policy. The benefits of the policy would be strengthened if implemented in conjunction with salinity abatement policy.

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    Paper provided by International and Development Economics in its series International and Development Economics Working Papers with number idec02-8.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:idc:wpaper:idec02-8

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    1. Schmidt, Carmel P. & Pannell, David J., 1996. "Economic Issues in Management of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 64(03), December.
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