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Title: An economic analysis of farm forestry as a means of controlling dryland salinity
Contributor(s): Cacho, Oscar J  (author)orcid ; Greiner, Romy (author); Fulloon, Lachlan (author)
Publication Date: 2001
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.00141Open Access Link
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Abstract: Large areas of agricultural land under conventional crops and pastures are at risk of dryland salinisation in Australia. The salinisation problem can be controlled by strategic and large-scale planting of trees; however, farm forestry enterprises evaluated with conventional discounting techniques do not generally rank as an attractive alternative to annual crops on productive land. In this article, an optimal control model that explicitly accounts for decline or improvement in land quality over a period of 40 years is presented. The optimal area planted to trees and the optimal groundwater-table trajectory through time are determined under a variety of scenarios. Implications of the results for policy design are discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 45(2), p. 233-256
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1467-8489
Field of Research (FOR): 050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)
070101 Agricultural Land Management
140201 Agricultural Economics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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