COST OF IGNORANCE- EVALUATING A LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
Hill, Christine M.
This paper outlines the impacts of ignoring the costs to the community of increased ruralwaterlogging and salinity. It identifies the cost of no further action, and the costs andbenefits of undertaking a land and water management plan. The processes of developing andevaluating the plan are explained. Difficulties in obtaining data, both for the community andthe economist, are discussed. Data availability then shapes the range of costs and benefitsthat can be evaluated. The paper looks at the process and results of a case study of a Landand Water Management Plan for an irrigation district in central New South Wales. The casestudy demonstrated all the complexities of community and professional conflict, difficulties indata availability, budget and time constraints and a rigorous review process. Also discussedare the implications of recommendations of this Land and Water Management PlanEconomic Evaluation for the community and government.Show more [+] Less [-]