Marginal and Degraded Lands

The increasing pressures on land due to increasing demand for food, feed, fibre and fuel has led to a greater debate and analysis on the use of marginal or degraded lands for bioenergy crop production, which can serve multiple purposes. This is because it is perceived that these types of land have a lower opportunity cost, even though they might ultimately have a high operational cost. What is marginal or degraded land? And, how should they be approached in terms of bioenergy planning? This section will review such questions.

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