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Potential new bioenergy agroforestry systems for the NSW central tablelands
Summary The project has been revised from the original EOI to feature a smaller budget and shorter timeframe and will target specific areas of work that can feed into the CSIRO and NSW I&I work, as well as utilise the results of their studies. The NSW I&I work will focus on assessing biomass resources in existing plantations in the case study area, while the CSIRO work will focus on modelling appropriate bioenergy technologies, price supply curves, transport distances and carbon lifecycle. Thus, this UNSWled project component will focus on assessing how new bioenergybased agroforestry plantations may be established in the case study region. It will employ a stakeholderdriven, participatory approach to gain an understanding of the various economic, social and environmental issues surrounding such changes in landuse. The project will develop scenarios and gather data that can feed into CSIRO’s modelling work and will then take the results of CSIRO’s work back out to stakeholders to assess how well the scenarios match with their economic, social and environmental goals.
Program Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Research organisation University of New South Wales
Objective summary The project goal is to assess the potential for agroforestry based around bioenergy production to form a new sustainable land use option in the central tablelands of NSW. In particular, it aims to answer the following research questions
1. What tree crops and bioenergy technologies might be viable in the case study region?
2. What potential economic and social benefits might a bioenergybased agroforestry industry provide?
3. How might the widespread uptake of agroforestry for bioenergy contribute to landscape scale natural resource management goals?
4. What incentives and barriers exist for the uptake of such land uses and what policy measures could be employed to promote and guide them?
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, August 30, 2010
Project completion date Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal BBE-Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy
Principal researcher John Merson
Research manager Duncan Farquhar
Admin contact Daniel Owens