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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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  • Elizabeth H. Petersen & Steven Schilizzi & David Bennett, 2002. "An economic assessment of the role of commercial tree crops to achieve greenhouse gas nuetrality in predominantly grazing systems of South-western Australia," International and Development Economics Working Papers idec02-8, International and Development Economics.
  • 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.
    2. Pannell, D. J., 1999. "On the estimation of on-farm benefits of agricultural research," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 61(2), pages 123-134, August.
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    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources

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