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The Economics of the Tropical Timber Trade

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ISBN 9781853832192
Published January 1, 1994 by CRC Press
192 Pages

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Book Description

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

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