Addressing climate change cause and effect on land cover and land use in South Asia

Dissanayake, Sumali, Asafu-Adjaye, John and Mahadevan, Renuka (2017) Addressing climate change cause and effect on land cover and land use in South Asia. Land Use Policy, 67 252-366. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.06.003

Author Dissanayake, Sumali
Asafu-Adjaye, John
Mahadevan, Renuka
Title Addressing climate change cause and effect on land cover and land use in South Asia
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
Publication date 2017-09-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.06.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 67
Start page 252
End page 366
Total pages 15
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 1107 Forestry
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract This paper evaluates the role of trade liberalization and agricultural intensification in mitigating climate change cause and effects on land use and emissions using a computable general equilibrium model. Our results indicate that cropland expansion triggered by climate-induced crop productivity changes results in deforestation and increases emissions in South Asia and globally. Global full trade liberalization on all goods is the optimum policy for South Asia despite significant global deforestation, but for the world, unilateral partial trade liberalization on all goods is a more appropriate policy while ensuring a considerable emissions reduction for South Asia. These results indicate that mitigation responses to climate change are location specific and no one trade policy is suitable at the regional and global levels. Lastly, agricultural intensification by improving productivity growth is the best strategy in land-based emissions mitigation, thereby avoiding the transformation of forest and pasture lands for agricultural cultivation both at regional and global levels.
Keyword Land use
Trade liberalization
Agricultural Intensification
Climate Change
Computable general equilibrium model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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