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Tradable Land-Use Rights for Cumulative Environmental Effects Management

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  • Marian Weber
  • Wiktor Adamowicz

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In this paper we introduce tradable land-use rights (TLRs) as a potential economic instrument for cumulative environmental effects management on public lands. TLRs allow the regulator to implement thresholds for habitat loss while maximizing the benefits of development. By allowing economic criteria to "drive" the configuration of development activities in a region, the risk of biodiversity loss may be reduced for a given cost. Alberta's Boreal Forest Natural Region is used as a case study for examining TLRs. Implementation issues, particularly those related to spatial heterogeneity and ecosystem dynamics, are discussed.

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  • Marian Weber & Wiktor Adamowicz, 2002. "Tradable Land-Use Rights for Cumulative Environmental Effects Management," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 28(4), pages 581-595, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:28:y:2002:i:4:p:581-595
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    2. Marian Weber, 2004. "Assessing the Effectiveness of Tradable Landuse Rights for Biodiversity Conservation: An Application to Canada's Boreal Mixedwood Forest," Working Papers 2004.29, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    3. Janmaat, John, 2008. "Playing monopoly in the creek: Imperfect competition, development, and in-stream flows," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 455-473, August.

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