Argues that boycotting tropical timber products has the effect of reducing its economic value, thus providing an incentive to burn down forests for agricultural uses. Certification schemes are examined, which can induce an expansion in the demand for sustainably produced timber.
Contents: General Conditions for Tropical Timber Certification: Concepts of Sustainability and the Design of a Certification Scheme.- Effectiveness and Efficiency of a Certification Scheme Aimed at Protecting Tropical Rain Forests.- Certification and Tropical Timber Supply.- Environmental Labels and Consumer Behaviour.- Basic Scenarios for a Certified Tropical Timber Market in the Federal Republic of Germany: Definitions, Database and Data Processing.- Distribution of Tropical Timber in the Federal Republic of Germany.- Trend Analysis and Basic Scenarios.- Extended Scenarios for a Certified Tropical Timber Market under Different Supply and Demand Constellations: Theoretical Foundations.- Extended Scenarios for Individual Submarkets.- Extended Scenarios of the Aggregate Timber Market.- Conclusions.
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