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Timber trade, trade policies and environmental degradation

Concerns about the state of the world's forests have led to increased interest in the role of the international timber trade in promoting forest depletion and degradation. The following paper examines the extent to which the timber trade and policies, compared to other factors, cause environmental damage and inefficient resource use in the forestry sector. The paper also addresses the potential role that interventions in the timber trade may have in promoting efficient and sustainable resource use in the forestry sector.

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