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Biodiversity and economic incentives in agriculture : integrating bird fauna values into decision-making

Miettinen, Antti and Huhtala, Anni (2005) Biodiversity and economic incentives in agriculture : integrating bird fauna values into decision-making. Paper at: Economics and the analysis of ecology and biodiversity : the 7th international BIOECON conference, Cambridge, September 20-21, 2005.

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Our optimal control model identifies economic reasons as to why several farmland bird populations have dramatically declined in modern agricultural landscapes. By integrating bird fauna values into decision-making on cereal crop choice, herbicide use and hunting bag size, we derive those economic instruments needed for enhancing biodiversity on farmland and reversing the decline of grey partridge (Perdix perdix) populations. Based on the Finnish data available, we illustrate how the optimal acreage subsidy for organically-grown rye areas, the herbicide tax rate and the grey partridge hunting licence fee could be estimated in monetary terms. The procedure to derive and value the first-best policy instruments is applicable for various components of agri-environmental schemes implemented throughout the European Union.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:grey partridge, herbicides, organic farming, recreational hunting, rye
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
Related Links:http://www.bioecon.ucl.ac.uk
Deposited By: Koistinen, Riitta
ID Code:8614
Deposited On:31 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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