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In search of optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands: One size does not fit all

Campbell, Bruce M., Gordon, Iain J., Luckert, Martin (Marty) K., Petheram, Lisa and Vetter, Susanne (2006). In search of optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands: One size does not fit all. Ecological Economics,60(1):75-85.

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Title In search of optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands: One size does not fit all
Author Campbell, Bruce M.
Gordon, Iain J.
Luckert, Martin (Marty) K.
Petheram, Lisa
Vetter, Susanne
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 60
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0921-8009   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-33749606377
Start Page 75
End Page 85
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Field of Research 1499 - Other Economics
0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract We discuss the search for optimal stocking regimes in semi-arid grazing lands. We argue that 'one size does not fit all' and that different stocking regimes are appropriate under different conditions. This paper is an attempt to move beyond polarization of the current debate towards a more integrative and flexible approach to grazing management. We propose five different conditions as major influences on grazing regimes: environmental variability and predictability; degradation and thresholds; property right regimes; discount rates; and market stability and prices. We suggest a lack of connection between the micro-economics literature and natural science and social-anthropological literature. it is timely to achieve greater integration around some key questions and hypotheses, and recognize that policy prescriptions at national or even regional levels are likely to have limited value due to context specificity.
Keywords stocking strategies
grazing
opportunistic stocking
conservative stocking
equilibrium dynamics
rangeland ecology
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.05.010   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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