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Type: Thesis
Title: The valuation of South Australian wetlands and their water filtering function : a cost benefit analysis.
Author: Schmidt, Carmel Elizabeth
Issue Date: 2007
School/Discipline: School of Economics
Abstract: "The Lower Murray dairy swamps were once part of a series of freshwater wetlands stretching along the Murray to the Cooring. Of the original 5700 hectares of wetlands only 500 hectares remain today. While the dairy industry that has developed on the swamp has considerable commercial value, it has destroyed the natural water filtration function that the wetlands provided. The industry also causes high levels of dairly effluent to enter the River Murray, contributing to blue-green algae outbreaks and associated economic losses for the local tourism industry. This thesis provides valuable cost-benefit results on a set of three mutually exclusive land use and management options for dealing with the joint problems of water filtration and blue-green algae. The most important options examined involve the return of this area to wetlands for water filtration rather continuing to use it for dairy farming." --p. ix.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Economics, 2007
Keywords: wetlands economic aspects South Australia Lower Murray basin; freshwater ecology South Australia Lower Murray basin; environmental economics South Australia Lower Murray basin
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