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Land clearing in south-eastern Australia: Drivers, policy effects and implications for the future

E.C. Heagney, D.S. Falster and M. Kovač

Land Use Policy, 2021, vol. 102, issue C

Abstract: This paper aims to provide clarity around why land clearing occurs in a developed world context. We apply an information theoretic approach to discriminate amongst alternative hypotheses of the proximate drivers of land clearing, and test their capacity to explain historical rates of land clearing in New South Wales, a state in south-eastern Australia, between 1990 and 2017. We also assess the efficacy of policy interventions in NSW to date and discuss how lessons learned from the Australian experience might best be harnessed for effective policy design in Australia and beyond.

Keywords: Land clearing; Deforestation; Policy assessment; Information theory; Time-series analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.105243

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