Is timber harvesting related to deforestation? On the unsustainable nature of timber harvesting

Abstract : Deforestation is a major environmental issue, while demand for timber products increases rapidly in the developing world. One can thus wonder whether forest harvesting is sustainable worldwide, or if demand for timber products is fulfilled with the products from deforestation. Our panel data analysis shows that countries where timber harvesting is more important tend to experience larger deforestation rates than others, giving the intuition that forest harvesting is generally not sustainable. We also show that timber certification seems to be a good indicator of forest harvesting sustainability.
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Olivier Damette, Philippe Delacote. Is timber harvesting related to deforestation? On the unsustainable nature of timber harvesting. International Conference: Environment and Natural Resources Management in Developing and Transition Economies, Nov 2010, Clermont-Ferrand, France. 22 p. ⟨hal-01072275⟩

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