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Agricultural land-use and biological conservation

Frédéric Barraquand and Vincent Martinet

No 2009-18, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: Land use change is a main driver of biodiversity erosion, especially in agricultural landscapes. Incentive-based land-use policies aim at influence land-use pattern, and are usually evaluated with habitat suitability scores, without accounting explicitly for the ecology of the studied population. In this paper, we propose a methodology to define and evaluate agricultural land-use policies with respect to their ecological outcomes directly. We use an ecological-economic model to link the regional abundance of a bird species to the economic context. Policies based on such ecological economics approaches appear to be more efficient than that based on landscape evaluation, from both economic and ecological viewpoints.

Keywords: Ecological-economic model; agriculture; land-use; landscape; conservation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2009
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