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Food-carbon trade-offs between agriculture and reforestation land uses under alternate market-based policies

Paterson, Stacey and Bryan, Brett Anthony 2012, Food-carbon trade-offs between agriculture and reforestation land uses under alternate market-based policies, Ecology and society, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.5751/ES-04959-170321.

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Title Food-carbon trade-offs between agriculture and reforestation land uses under alternate market-based policies
Author(s) Paterson, Stacey
Bryan, Brett AnthonyORCID iD for Bryan, Brett Anthony orcid.org/0000-0003-4834-5641
Journal name Ecology and society
Volume number 17
Issue number 3
Article ID 21
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Place of publication Waterloo, Ont.
Publication date 2012-09-01
ISSN 1708-3087
Keyword(s) agriculture
agroecosystem
carbon sequestration
ecosystem services
food security
land use
payment
policy
reforestation
Summary Understanding the effects of payments on the adoption of reforestation in agricultural areas and the associated food-carbon trade-offs is necessary to inform climate change policy. Economic viability of reforestation under payment per hectare and payment per tonne schemes for carbon sequestration was assessed in a region in southern Australia supporting 6.1 Mha of rain-fed agriculture. The results show that under the median scenario, a carbon price of 27 A$/tCO2-e could make one-third of the study area (nearly 2 Mha) more profitable for reforestation than agriculture, and at 58 A$/tCO2-e all of the study area could become more profitable. The results were sensitive to variation in carbon risk factor, establishment costs, and discount rates. Pareto-optimal land allocation could realize one-third of the potential carbon sequestration from reforestation (16.35 MtCO2-e/yr at a carbon risk factor of 0.8) with a loss of less than one-tenth (107.89 A$M/yr) of the agricultural production. Both payment schemes resulted in efficiencies within 1% of the Pareto-optimum. Understanding food-carbon trade-offs and policy efficiencies can inform carbon policy design.
Language eng
DOI 10.5751/ES-04959-170321
Field of Research 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
070101 Agricultural Land Management
070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102031

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