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FPJ0402 Article - Global Scenarios for Biofuels - Impacts and Implications

Msangi, S, Sulser, T, Rosegrant, M, Valmonte-Santos, R
Farm Policy Journal, May 2007, Volume 4, Number 2, pp. 1 - 9 (9 pages)



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The Implications of Greenhouse Mitigation Policies on the Demand for Agricultural Land

As Australia moves towards the implementation of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, much attention has been directed towards the potential for carbon sink forestry to provide significant amounts of greenhouse gas sequestration, at a relatively modest cost.

While providing immediate sequestration and potential revenue for landholders, there are also some potentially negative aspects of an expansion of carbon sink forestry that require careful consideration.Residents in regions where plantation forestry has already occurred cite adverse socioeconomic impacts arising from large areas of plantations being established on farm land. Concerns have also been expressed about potential negative environmental impacts such as increased bushfire risk, changes to biodiversity, and reductions in water runoff.

Whether or not these impacts might arise in regions where future carbon sink forestry is concentrated will depend very much on the policy framework that is adopted by government to manage this issue.

The research reported here has involved an exploration of these issues, firstly from the perspective of the potential future scale of carbon sink forestry, and then from the perspective of the policy and approvals framework which will determine how carbon sink forestry develops in Australia in the future. It highlights that there is a need for further consideration of this issue and the development of appropriate policy if some of the potential adverse impacts are to be avoided.

The Implications of Greenhouse Mitigation Policies on the Demand for Agricultural Land
  is a compelling review of the existing research and results regarding the possible impacts of carbon sink forestry. The topics covered are:
  • Current scale and rate of land use change
  • Models of potential agricultural land use changes arising from greenhouse mitigation policies
  • Potential impacts of carbon sink plantation developments
  • Carbon sink plantation approval processes
This report constitutes a needed reference for any further research on the topic and outlines the need of consistent policies and approval processes.

Full report
October 2010, pp. 1-116 (116 pages)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institute
Authors: GHD Hassall
ISBN 978-1-921808-04-3 (Web)
ISBN 978-1-921808-03-6 (Print)


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