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Unsustainable timber harvesting, deforestation and the role of certification

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  • Damette, Olivier
  • Delacote, Philippe

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Deforestation is a major environmental issue, while demand for timber products increases rapidly in the developing world. One can thus wonder whether forest harvesting is sustainable worldwide, or if demand for timber products is fulfilled with the products from deforestation. Our panel data analysis shows that countries where timber harvesting is more important tend to experience larger deforestation rates than others, giving the intuition that forest harvesting is generally not sustainable. We also show that timber certification is negatively related to deforestation and thus seems to be a good indicator of harvesting sustainability.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 70 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 (April)
Pages: 1211-1219

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:6:p:1211-1219

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Keywords: Timber harvesting Tropical forest Deforestation Certification;

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Cited by:
  1. Jean-Louis Combes & Philippe Delacote & Pascale Motel Combes, 2014. "Public expenses, credit and natural capital: Substitution or complementarity?," Working Papers halshs-00979191, HAL.
  2. Julien Wolfersberger & Serge Garcia & Philippe Delacote, 2013. "An empirical analysis of the cumulative nature of deforestation," Working Papers 1303, Chaire Economie du Climat.
  3. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, 2012. "Trade and Environmental Quality in African Countries: Do Institutions Matter?," ICER Working Papers 14-2012, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  4. Olivier Damette & Philippe Delacote, 2011. "On the economic factors of deforestation: what can we learn from quantile analysis?," Working Papers 1110, Chaire Economie du Climat.
  5. Elissaios Papyrakis, 2013. "Environmental Performance in Socially Fragmented Countries," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 55(1), pages 119-140, May.

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