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Leakage implications for European timber markets from reducing deforestation in developing countries

Jonsson, Ragnar and Mbongo , Werner and Felton , Adam and Boman, Mattias (2012). Leakage implications for European timber markets from reducing deforestation in developing countries. Forests. 3:3, 736-744
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f3030736

Abstract

Forest management strategies and policies such as REDD (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) may have unintentional implications for forest
sectors in countries not targeted by such policies. The success of a policy effort like REDD would result in a significant reduction in deforestation and forest degradation and an ensuing reduction in the supply of natural forest timber production within participating
countries. This could in turn result in price increases, inducing a supply response outside project boundaries with possible implications for forest management as well as global carbon emissions. This paper reviews the literature to discern potential timber market implications for countries sourcing wood products from developing countries affected by REDD related conservation efforts. The literature reviewed shows varying degrees of market effects leakage—policy actions in one place creating incentives for third parties to increase timber harvesting elsewhere through the price mechanism—ranging from negligible to substantial. However, wood products in the studies reviewed are dealt with on quite an aggregated scale and are assumed to be more or less perfect substitutes for wood products outside conservation effort boundaries. The review suggests that a thorough mapping of the end-uses of tropical timber is needed to comprehensively analyze impacts on wood-product markets in regions such as Europe from conservation efforts in tropical developing countries. The types of tropical timber expected to be affected, in which applications they are used, which are the most likely substitutes and where they would be sourced, are issues that, along with empirical analysis of supply and demand price elasticities and degree of substitutability, should be investigated when assessing the overall effectiveness of REDD.

Authors/Creators:Jonsson, Ragnar and Mbongo , Werner and Felton , Adam and Boman, Mattias
Title:Leakage implications for European timber markets from reducing deforestation in developing countries
Series/Journal:Forests (1999-4907)
Year of publishing :27 August 2012
Volume:3
Number:3
Page range:736-744
Publisher:MDPI Publishing
ISSN:1999-4907
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
Keywords:REDD, Leakage, Conservation, Timber market
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-593
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-593
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/f3030736
ID Code:9006
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
External funders:Future Forests
Deposited By: Mr. Werner Mbongo
Deposited On:28 Aug 2012 13:12
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:51

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