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National and international policies for tropical rain forest conservation: a quantitative analysis for Cameroon

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  • Thiele, Rainer
  • Wiebelt, Manfred

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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 necessary.

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  • Thiele, Rainer & Wiebelt, Manfred, 1993. "National and international policies for tropical rain forest conservation: a quantitative analysis for Cameroon," Kiel Working Papers 570, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    1. 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 (IfW).
    2. Thiele, R. & Wiebelt, M., 1994. "Nationale und internationale Maßnahmen zum Schutz tropischer Regenwälder – das Beispiel Kamerun," Proceedings “Schriften der Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V.”, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA), vol. 0.
    3. R. Thiele, 1995. "Conserving Tropical Rain Forests In Indonesia: A Quantitative Assessment Of Alternative Policies," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(2), pages 187-200.
    4. Folmer, Henk & van Kooten, G. Cornelis, 2006. "Deforestation," Working Papers 37035, University of Victoria, Resource Economics and Policy.
    5. Pattanayak Subhrendu K. & Ross Martin T. & Depro Brooks M. & Bauch Simone C. & Timmins Christopher & Wendland Kelly J. & Alger Keith, 2009. "Climate Change and Conservation in Brazil: CGE Evaluation of Health and Wealth Impacts," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 9(2), pages 1-44, September.
    6. 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 (IfW).
    7. Thiele, Rainer & Wiebelt, Manfred, 1996. "Tropenwaldmanagement: Ein Balanceakt zwischen Schutz und Raubbau," Kiel Discussion Papers 282, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    8. Manfred Wiebelt, 1995. "Stopping deforestation in the Amazon: Trade-off between ecological and economic targets?," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 131(3), pages 542-568, September.
    9. Thiele, Rainer, 1993. "Public policies and deforestation in Indonesia," Kiel Working Papers 605, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models

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