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Ecosystem Services Based Evaluation Framework of Land-use Management Options for Dryland Salinity in the Avon Region, Western Australian Wheatbelt
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Dryland-salinity management options aim to positively influence the adverse human-induced processes which lead to salinisation of top-soil. Specifically, the processes causing dryland-salinity are rising saline groundwater table and soil erosion. In the Avon region of Western Australia, the management options are evaluated solely on the basis of their efficiency in lowering groundwater tables. However, recently the need to take into account also their wider impact on the ecosystems' resilience has been recognised as well. Nevertheless, the tool to assess these impacts is missing. The aim of this thesis is to synthesise the missing tool from existing ecosystem services-based land-use evaluation frameworks, which would fit the environmental issue, regional socio-economic demands and the existing dryland salinity management options' efficiency evaluation framework. The thesis builds on secondary data and describes (i) the environmental issue of dryland salinity in Australia, (ii) the dryland salinity-environmental, economic, social and political environments of the Avon region, and (iii) five chosen evaluation frameworks which assess the impact of land-use on ecosystem resilience. The proposed optimal framework for the Avon region is then a combination of two existent frameworks: (i) ecosystem resilience evaluation framework & (ii) the ecosystem services economic valuation framework. Where the inputs of the proposed optimal framework are: (i) soil properties, (ii) external natural and anthropogenic drivers and (iii) beneficiaries; the transfer phase is represented by the soil processes; and the output of the framework are (i) ecosystem services and (ii) their economically valued benefits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 41 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 194
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Sustainable Land Use, Ecosystem Resilience, Ecosystem Services Evaluation, Double-counting, Dryland Salinity
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227654OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227654DiVA: diva2:730756
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2014-06-02, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 09:30 (English)
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-30 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved

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