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Changes in Grazing Land

IFs assumes that relatively poor countries (GDPPCP < 10) will continue to develop additional grazing land, whereas relatively rich countries (GDPPCP > 15) will retire grazing land. No change is expected in countries with average income between $10,000 and $15,000. The annual expansion of grazing land in poor countries is initially estimated as 0.5 percent of the amount of grazing land in the first year. The retirement of grazing land in richer countries is initially estimated as 0.2 percent of current grazing land.

As with cropland, any changes in grazing land will be compensated by changes in forest and ‘other’ land. Each category is initially assumed to be affected proportionately, e.g., 

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Unlike the case for changes in cropland, there is no adjustment to the forest share as a function of income or the direction of change in grazing land. As with the changes in cropland, however, the changes in forest and ‘other’ land cannot exceed 90 percent of existing land in these categories and the shifts cannot result in either land category falling below 1,000 hectares. Again, these limits feed back to the change in grazing land.