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Developing a market in biodiversity credits

Sue Salvin

One vision of a future rural economy sees landholders receiving payments, not only for the commodities they produce but also for the environmental services that they provide by managing their properties in a particular manner. One method of achieving this is would be through Government funded stewardship payments, but a more interesting alternative would be the development of markets whereby landholders could trade not only carbon sequestration credits, but also salinity control credits and even biodiversity credits.

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