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Assessing Best-Practice Environmental Management Options at the decision scale: a model for technology choice and policy analysis


  • Mallawaarachchi, Thilak


Management of environmental externalities of agricultural production has become a necessity to attain sustainable and efficient use of resources. Policies to promote externality mitigation are moving away from command and control toward industry self-management guided through best-practice guidelines and incentive structures. Assessment of such policies thus entails careful examination of options at operational and strategic levels to ensure optimal compliance at least cost. An integrated modelling approach that links activities at a farm and regional scale is outlined in this paper as a tool for technology assessment and policy analysis. Models are developed to address externalities in Australian sugar cane production in a coastal environment, but may be applicable in a wider context in examining ways to enhance greater environmental compliance through best practice management.

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  • Mallawaarachchi, Thilak, 2002. "Assessing Best-Practice Environmental Management Options at the decision scale: a model for technology choice and policy analysis," 2002 Conference (46th), February 13-15, 2002, Canberra, Australia 125136, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aare02:125136

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    1. Mike Young, 2000. "Opportunities to Improve Resource and Environmental Management: A roundtable discussion," Natural Resource Management Economics 00_02, Policy and Economic Research Unit, CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide, Australia.
    2. Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Hall, Nigel H. & Phillips, Brian, 1992. "Investment in Water Saving Technology on Horticultural Farms," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 0(Number 02), pages 1-14, August.
    3. Qureshi, Muhammad Ejaz & Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Wegener, Malcolm K. & Bristow, Keith L. & Charlesworth, Philip B. & Lisson, Shaun N., 2001. "Economic evaluation of alternative irrigation practices for sugarcane production in the Burdekin Delta," 2001 Conference (45th), January 23-25, 2001, Adelaide, Australia 125867, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    4. Stanley, Denise L., 2000. "The economics of the adoption of BMPs: the case of mariculture water management," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 145-155, November.
    5. Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Quiggin, John C., 2001. "Modelling socially optimal land allocations for sugar cane growing in North Queensland: a linked mathematical programming and choice modelling study," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 0(Issue 3), pages 1-27.
    6. Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Rayment, George & Cook, Freeman & Grundy, Mike, 2001. "Externalities in cane production and environmental best practice," 2001 Conference (45th), January 23-25, 2001, Adelaide, Australia 125765, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    7. David E. Ervin & Andrew Schmitz, 1996. "A New Era of Environmental Management in Agriculture?," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 78(5), pages 1198-1206.
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