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Analysis of spatially referenced economical, social and biophysical data to explore attitudinal responses of landholders to alternative land-use strategies. Case-study of the Eyre Peninsula NRM Region, South Australia

2010Cloning of anti freeze proteins from meal worm Tenebrio molitor and ITS expression in Zebrafish embryoCAPE-DUCLUZEAU Lydia (France)lydia.cape.ducluzeau@gmail.com
Organisation:Christian-Albrechts Universität, Kiel (DE) - University of Adelaide (Australia)Supervisor :Dr. Ostendorf (UA) & Prof. Dr. Müller (CAU)
Summary: My research project focuses on land use planning for sustainable production systems and involves GIS and environmental modelling techniques. The study presents the spatial analysis of integrated biophysical and economical data to evaluate the potential returns of alternative land uses for farmers and aims to the identification of an indicator system of environmental, social and economic sustainability of the study area integrating the risks of climate change. The report focuses on the area of study of the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management (NRM) Region, located in South Australia. There are 56 catchments or bioregions defined as natural resource management regions in Australia. The study area covers approximately 80,000km2 of the state of South Australia including 1640 km of coastline, and supports a growing population of around 55,390 people. The region includes the ten district councils of Ceduna, Cleve, Elliston, Franklin Harbor, Kimba, Le Hunte, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay, the City of Port Lincoln and the unincorporated areas of Lincoln and West Coast. The reassignment of cereals cropping areas (studied in agricultural lands of the EP NRM region) to woody crop alternative options have been proved as a significant magnitude and positive income variations for the selected areas, concerning the woody crop out-performance calculated in $/ha for a grain price of 205$/ha and a carbon price of 40$/ha scenario. Indeed these alternative land uses generate more sustainable agricultural landscape and provide beneficial financial returns opportunities for farmers. This new management of productive landscapes therefore contribute to improve the risk management linked to climate variability and uncertainty, the long-term economic sustainability of the region and its landholders but also to the better resilience of agricultural landscapes of the Eyre Peninsula NRM region. Through a better understanding of social parameters influencing the willingness of landholders to adopt alternative land use, this research project provides useful integrative information for managers to create better environmental management and landscape planning strategies. We distinct priority areas with high potential for alternative land use in comparison with the attitudes of farmers in those areas. Furthermore, by underlining the potential economical returns that farmers and agricultural landholders could get from the adoption of alternative land uses and more environmentally-friendly methods, this project aims to increase the incentive for willingness to implement these new strategies. The following could promote voluntary and more sustainable conservation of natural systems through appropriate land use practices.
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