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Growing Exports: The Brazilian tropical timber industry and international markets

Report/paper, 150 pages
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Growing Exports describes the ambition of the Brazilian government to more than double timber exports in less than a decade without destroying the remaining natural forests of the Amazon. Can it be done? Recent trade trends hint at useful options to explore. Extensive surveys of Brazilian timber producers and international buyers provide more practical information about the critical barriers to be overcome. A comparative study from South East Asia is used to draw lessons about what might make exports grow and at what costs to the forest. Will the free market take care of itself, or are major policy and institutional changes needed to provide a framework for the government's ambitions for export growth. Growing Exports offers some answers. Growing Exports is written by independent Brazilian and international forest experts for all those who have an interst or stake in what happens to the Amazon forest. It provides a fresh look at the Brazilian timber trade through the eyes of those in the value chain. It aims to provide accurate information, provoke further discussion about what is going on and stimulate a negotiated consensus on the solutions.

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