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The bioeconomic potential for agroforestry in Australia's northern grazing systems

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by PD Donaghy, SG Bray, RL Gowen, John Rolfe, M Stephens, M Hoffmann, A Stunzner
Although agriculture generates 16% of Australia’s greenhouse gasemissions, it also has the potential to sequester large quantities of emissions through land use management options such as agroforestry. Whilst there is an extensive amount of agroforestry literature, little has been written on the economic consequences of adopting silvopastoral systems in northern Australia. This paper reports the financial viability of adopting complementary agroforestry systems in the low rainfall region of northern Australia. The analysis incorporates the dynamic tradeoffs between tree and pasture growth, likely forest product yields, carbon sequestration and livestock methane emissions in a bioeconomic model. The results suggest there are financial benefits for landholders who integrate complementary agroforestry activities into existing grazing operations at even modest carbon prices.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

9

Issue

4

Start Page

463

End Page

484

Number of Pages

22

ISSN

1873-7854

Location

Netherlands

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Central Queensland Forest Association; Centre for Environmental Management; Department of Primary Industries; Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability (IRIS); National Association of Forest Industries;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Small-Scale Forestry

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