An agent-based approach to explore the effect of voluntary mechanisms on land use change: A case in rural Queensland, Australia

Valbuena, Diego, Bregt, Arnold K., McAlpine, Clive, Verburg, Peter H. and Seabrook, Leonie (2010) An agent-based approach to explore the effect of voluntary mechanisms on land use change: A case in rural Queensland, Australia. Journal of environmental management, 91 12: 2615-2625. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.07.041


Author Valbuena, Diego
Bregt, Arnold K.
McAlpine, Clive
Verburg, Peter H.
Seabrook, Leonie
Title An agent-based approach to explore the effect of voluntary mechanisms on land use change: A case in rural Queensland, Australia
Journal name Journal of environmental management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.07.041
Volume 91
Issue 12
Start page 2615
End page 2625
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, England, U.K.
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
0502 Environmental Science and Management
Abstract In rural regions, land use changes (LUC) are often the result of the decision-making of individual farmers. To influence this decision-making, compulsory and voluntary mechanisms are implemented. However, farmers’ decision-making is a heterogeneous process that depends on their ability and willingness to take certain decisions. Discrepancies between farmers’ ability and willingness and the design of voluntary mechanisms occur frequently. This makes it necessary to understand how farmers’ participation in these mechanisms can affect LUC. The aim of this paper was to demonstrate an agent-based approach to analyse and explore how voluntary mechanisms can influence LUC processes in rural regions. This approach was applied to a rural region in Australia, where clearing of native vegetation has occurred for agricultural development. Historical land cover data and semi-structured interviews were used to parameterise an agent-based model. Factors that influence farmers’ ability and willingness to participate in these mechanisms were identified. Three scenarios were simulated with the model to explore how the implementation of different voluntary mechanisms can affect the landscape structure of the region. This paper identifies how the diversity of farmers’ decision-making can influence the landscape structure in the region. The advantages and limitations of an agent-based approach in relation to LUC research and policy are discussed. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
Keyword Landscape structure
Farmers' decision-making
Carbon credits
Stewardship payments
Native vegetation
Agent-based modelling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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