An Economic Analysis of Shallow Groundwater Management for Nature Conservation and Agricultural Production

P.J.G.J. Hellegers, K. Oltmer, E.C. van Ierland, L.C. van Staalduinen

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Abstract

Lowering of shallow groundwater levels in agricultural areas with ecological value leads to desiccation of ecosystems. The aim of this paper is to develop a model to study the trade-offs between the agricultural production value and the monetary value of the ecological benefits of agricultural nature management as a result of changes in shallow groundwater levels. It shows that socially optimal groundwater levels depend on: (1) the agricultural production value; (2) the monetary value of nature; (3) the soil type and vegetation; and (4) the relative share of agricultural area with ecological value in total agricultural area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-559
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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