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Improved grazing management practices in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Does climate variability influence their adoption by landholders?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Megan StarMegan Star, John RolfeJohn Rolfe, P Long, GL Whish, PG Donaghy
The declining health of the Great Barrier Reef from diffuse source pollutants has resulted in substantial policy attention on increasing the adoption of improved management practices by agricultural producers. Although economic modelling indicates that many improved management practices are financially rewarding, landholders with dated management practices remain hesitant to change. This research involved bio-economic modelling to understand the variance in private returns for grazing enterprises across a climate cycle. Results show that financial returns to landholders can vary substantially across different 20-year periods of a climate cycle, demonstrating that the variability in expected returns may be an important reason why landholders are cautious about changing their management practices. Although previous research has separately identified financial returns and attitudes to risk and uncertainty of landholders as key influences on decisions concerning adoption of improved management practices, this research demonstrates that it is the interaction between these factors that is important to understand when designing policy settings.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

37

Issue

5

Start Page

507

End Page

515

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1834-7541

ISSN

1036-9872

Location

Australia

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Department of Natural Resources and Mines; Fitzroy Basin Association Inc; School of Business and Law (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Rangeland Journal