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Title: The economic impacts of vertebrate pests in Australia
Contributor(s): Gong, Wendy  (author); Sinden, Jack A  (author); Braysher, Mike (author); Jones, Randall (author)
Corporate Author: Invasive Animals CRC: Australia
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Invasive animal pests have a wide variety of impacts on the economy, the environment and society. There is considerable information on these impacts for individual cases and regions, and McLeod (2004) attempted to value them nationwide for a whole range of pest animals. However, there appear to be no Australia-wide estimates of agricultural losses measured with the economist's concept of welfare and no national or statewide estimates of environmental loss based on the same concept. In the present report, the direct economic impacts of invasive animals on agriculture in Australia, and the nationwide expenditures by governments and landholders on pest management, administration and research, are estimated. The values of agricultural losses are measured through the concept of economic welfare. The overall impact of pests is calculated here as the sum of the effects on agriculture plus the expenditures on management. The estimates cover the impact on agriculture of four introduced invasive pest animals, namely: foxes, rabbits, wild dogs and feral pigs. The analysis also includes estimates, taken from literature, of the impact of birds on horticulture and mice on grains.
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Invasive Animals CRC
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISBN: 9780980671605
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
050103 Invasive Species Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 919902 Ecological Economics
960405 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales
HERDC Category Description: R1 Report
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Series Name: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre Detection and Prevention Project
Series Number : 12.D.6
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