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Title: An Analysis of externalities in agroforestry systems in the presence of land degradation
Contributor(s): Cacho, OJ (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2001
DOI: 10.1016/S0921-8009(01)00203-8
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Abstract: Agroforestry can help prevent land degradation while allowing continuing use of land to produce crops and livestock on a sustainable basis. Despite the recognition that trees may have a high environmental value at the local level and the attention agroforestry has received as a tool for sustainable agricultural development, there is a lack of formal economic analyses on the role of agroforestry; this need is addressed in this study. A general economic analysis of an agroforestry operation on land prone to degradation and in the presence of positive forest externalities is developed. A numerical application is presented, based on a biophysical model of a watershed. The model is used to assess the value of forest externalities and the marginal cost of land degradation. The potential cost of incentives required to achieve a given target level of land productivity is estimated. The technique illustrated in this paper could be used to provide cost estimates that would serve as a basis for initial negotiations between stakeholders in a watershed wishing to establish a common-property approach to land management.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Ecological Economics, 39(1), p. 131-143
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V.
Place of Publication: Netherlands
ISSN: 0921-8009
Field of Research (FOR): 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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