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Industrial development on logging frontiers in the Brazilian Amazon


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  • Frank Merry
  • Gregory Amacher
  • Daniel Nepstad
  • Eirivelthon Lima
  • Paul Lefebvre
  • Simone Bauch
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    In this paper, we review the concept of forest sector industrialisation and technology adoption with the goal of identifying reasons that have shaped the technological development, or lack thereof, in the Brazilian forest sector. The image of the timber industry in the Amazon has been one of excessive harvest, deforestation, and arguable misuse of a renewable resource. In this paper, we use the results of a survey of 499 mills in the Amazon, as well as secondary data, to discuss the drivers of unsustainable frontier development. Our research suggests that unsustainable logging, or the 'boom-and-bust' scenario, is not an inevitable outcome for the industry. New and intermediate frontiers are sufficiently different from old frontiers, in key issues, to show that the industry can respond rationally to policy interventions.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Sustainable Development.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 277-296

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijsusd:v:9:y:2006:i:3:p:277-296

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    Keywords: Amazon; forest policy; industrial organisation; sustainable development; sustainability; unsustainable logging; Brazil; technological development; timber industry.;


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    1. Bauch, Simone C. & Amacher, Gregory S. & Merry, Frank D., 2007. "Costs of harvesting, transportation and milling in the Brazilian Amazon: Estimation and policy implications," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(8), pages 903-915, May.
    2. Amacher, Gregory S. & Merry, Frank D. & Bowman, Maria S., 2009. "Smallholder timber sale decisions on the Amazon frontier," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(6), pages 1787-1796, April.


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