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Although conservationists justifiably lament the loss of biological and genetic diversity caused by forest clearance, it is not generally appreciated that these losses are often the direct result of deliberate government policies. This book explores the role of governments in accelerating the rate of forest destruction by providing direct and indirect subsidies to support what would otherwise by non-commercial operations. Without these financial incentives, most timber operations in the tropics would cease.
This important reference investigates forest policies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines, China, Brazil, West Africa and the USA.