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National and international policies for tropical rain forest conservation—A quantitative analysis for Cameroon

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  • Rainer Thiele
  • Manfred Wiebelt

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This paper provides a numerical general equilibrium assessment of policies to reduce tropical deforestation in Cameroon. Market failure—mainly in the form of national and international externalities—and policy failures—such as highly distorted product markets—are identified as major sources of overexploitation. The ecological effects of deforestation control are shown to depend crucially upon its impact on land use patterns whereas its efficiency effects hinge on the manner in which a specified set-aside target is achieved. If the international community wants to ensure a higher level of protection of these forests, and to do so within a market-based system, the provision of conditional financial resources is neceassary. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

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Article provided by European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in its journal Environmental & Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 3 (1993)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 501-531

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Keywords: (JEL): Environmental management (Q2); computable general general equilibrium models (D58); Cameroon;

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  1. Wiebelt, Manfred, 1994. "Protecting Brazil's tropical forest: a CGE analysis of macroeconomic, sectoral, and regional policies," Kiel Working Papers 638, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Thiele, Rainer & Wiebelt, Manfred, 1996. "Tropenwaldmanagement: ein Balanceakt zwischen Schutz und Raubbau," Kiel Discussion Papers 282, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  3. Wiebelt, Manfred, 1995. "Stopping deforestation in the Amazon : trade-off between ecological and economic targets?," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 1654, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  4. Thiele, Rainer, 1993. "Public policies and deforestation in Indonesia," Kiel Working Papers 605, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  5. Thiele, Rainer, 1994. "Conserving tropical rain forests in Indonesia: a CGE analysis of alternative policies," Kiel Working Papers 621, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  6. Thiele, Rainer & Wiebelt, Manfred, 1994. "Nationale und internationale Maßnahmen zum Schutz tropischer Regenwälder: Das Beispiel Kamerun," Open Access Publications from Kiel Institute for the World Economy 2046, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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