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Salinity management in irrigated regions is a significant challenge for rural communities, agricultural industries and the governments and there is considerable policy and community interest in evaluating the benefits and costs of salinity management programs. This paper discusses methods currently being used to evaluate irrigation salinity management plans in Victoria. Economic evaluation supported by spatial analysis allows us to see how and where profitable achievements are being made and also where further work is required for more beneficial results. The paper presents several different analytical procedures adopted to evaluate the achievements of Salinity Management Plans in irrigated regions in Victoria, incorporating Benefit-Cost analysis (BCA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Gross Margin analysis.

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