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Turning Water into Carbon: Carbon sequestration vs. water flow in the Murray-Darling Basin

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  • Schrobback, Peggy
  • Adamson, David
  • Quiggin, John C.

Large scale forest plantations in the Murray-Darling Basin may be embraced as a carbon sequestration mechanism under a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. However, increased tree plantation will be associated with reduced inflows to river systems because of increased transpiration, interception and evaporation. Therefore, an unregulated change in land management is most likely to have a dramatic impact on the water availability. This will exacerbate the impacts of climate change projected in the Garnaut Review. This paper examines the implications of unrestricted changes in land use. These results should suggest the true costs to society from carbon sequestration by determining the tradeoffs between timber production and agricultural products.

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Paper provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2009 Conference (53rd), February 11-13, 2009, Cairns, Australia with number 47616.

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Date of creation: 2009
Handle: RePEc:ags:aare09:47616
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  1. Adamson, David & Mallawaarachchi, Thilak & Quiggin, John C., 2006. "State-contingent modelling of the Murray Darling Basin: implications for the design of property rights," 2006 Conference (50th), February 8-10, 2006, Sydney, Australia 137977, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  2. Michael D. Young & Jim C. McColl, 2009. "Double trouble: the importance of accounting for and defining water entitlements consistent with hydrological realities ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 53(1), pages 19-35, 01.
  3. David Adamson & Thilak Mallawaarachchi & John Quiggin, 2007. "Water use and salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin: A state-contingent model ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 51(3), pages 263-281, 09.
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