Assessing local and national policy options to promote sustainable upland farming in Southeast Asia: Insights from an economy-environment model of the Manupali Watershed


G. Shively; C. Zelek

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Abstract: Do the most promising policies to promote sustainable upland farming originate at the local or national level? Will coordination of local and national efforts produce better outcomes? Using a optimization-simulation model of the Manupali watershed in the Philippines we address these issues by comparing the economic and environmental effects of four sets of stylized policy changes: (1) local policies that restrict some forms of land use; (2) local attempts to subsidize environment-friendly technologies; (3) a crop-specific tax levied on vegetable producers; and (4) a hybrid approach that seeks to coordinate local technology initiatives with broader-based incentives rooted in pricing policy. We study the economic and environmental impacts of these stylized policy changes over a 10- year time horizon.

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Shively, G. and C. Zelek 2001. Assessing Local and National Policy Options to Promote Sustainable Upland Farming in Southeast Asia: Insights from an Economy-Environment Model of the Manupali Watershed. SANREM Conference Sustaining Upland Development in Southeast Asia: Issues, Tools, and Institutions for Local Natural Resources Management, ACCEED. 27-30 May 2001

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