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The Economics of the Tropical Timber Trade

1st Edition

By BarBier/Burgess

CRC Press

192 pages

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pub: 1994-01-01
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There is genuine cause for concern over the excessive exploitation of tropical forest in many regions, but also many misconceptions about the causes and sources of thisexploitation.

The Economics of the Tropical Timber Trade provides a detailed analysis of the economic linkages between the trade and forest degradation. Based on a report prepared for the ITTO, it looks at current and future market conditions and assesses the impacts on tropical forests of both the international timber trade and domestic demand. The authors examine the causes of deforestation and compare the environmental impacts of the timber trade with other factors, such as the conversion of the forest to agriculture. Finally, they assess the national and international trade policy options and discuss the potential role that interventions in the international timber trade may have in promoting efficient and sustainable use of forest resources.

This book is of interest to those concerned with forest management and policy, trade and environment, and with the economics of conservation and resource use.

Table of Contents


Tropical Forest Resources and International Trade

The Status of Forest Resources

Changes in Forest Resources

Production and Trade

Future Trends in Supply and Demand

Conclusions and Policy Implications

The Timber Trade and Tropical Deforestation

Is Deforestation an Economic Problem?

Trade as an Incentive for Forest Management

Environmental Impacts of Timber Production

The Links between Trade and Deforestation


The Market for Tropical Timber Products

Industrialized Countries

Tropical Developing Countries

Consumer Prices, Substitution and Demand


Tropical Forest Policies and The Environment

Domestic Market and Policy

The Effect on Forest Management

Concessions and Property Rights

Forest Pricing and Its Administration

Macro-Economic Policy


Trade Interventions in Exporting Countries

Restrictions by Exporting Countries

The Impact of Export Restrictions

Trade Liberalization by Exporting Countries

Domestic Environmental Policy


Trade Interventions in Importing Countries

Restrictions by Importing Countries

The Impact of Import Restrictions

Trade Liberalization by Importing Countries

Impacts of Environmental Regulation by Importing Countries


Measures for the Sustainable Use of Forests

Identifying and Assessing Options

The Feasibility of Unilateral Interventions

The Feasibility of Multilateral Interventions


Assessment of Trade Policy Options

Do Nothing

Measures to Alter the Pattern of Trade

Raising Revenues for Sustainable Forest Management



Epilogue, References, Index


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology