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Agricultural Journal
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 1  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 90 - 95

Multiple Land Use in Tropical Savannas: Concepts and Methods for Valuation

Kamaljit Kaur    

Abstract: Tropical savannas are mainly used for grazing, mining, conservation or Indigenous activities. Over the past years, grazing has proven to be economically inefficient and has led to depletion of natural resources. This study attempts to develop a framework for multiple uses of land resources in savannas. For this, alternative land uses of savannas, other than grazing are identified and an outline of economic framework to estimate the total benefits from various land uses is presented. This study addresses the importance of synergies among various land uses at a landscape level. Economic viability of each land use is proposed to be verified to develop sustainable multiple land use systems that could deliver the maximum benefits to the society. Externalities, both positive and negative are considered in total estimation of benefits at a landscape scale. The positive effect of one land use on another can help to enhance the landscape value and to optimize the use of various natural resources for sustainable production gains.

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