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This paper provides a numerical general equilibrium assessment of forestry policies aimed atthe reduction of tropical deforestation in Cameroon. Four different policy measures are distinguished,namely the provision of more secure timber concessions, a rise in the minimum size of trees that can beharvested, the establishment of national parks, and a tax on forest land. In the model simulations, allinstruments are calibrated so as to achieve a prespecified increase in the volume of standing timber. Theachievement of the ecological target is mainly due to the fact that the policies prevent the agriculturalconversion of some forest land. From an ecological perspective, more secure property rights forconcessionaires are the preferred option, because they most effectively deal with the main problem inCameroon, that is the extremely short rotation period which does not allow the forest to regenerate. Allpolicies lead to a moderate decline in real GDP.

Subject(s): Environmental Economics and Policy

Productivity Analysis

Issue Date: 1997

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/198051 Page range: 108-120

Total Pages: 13

Record appears in: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) > 1997 Occasional Paper Series No. 7

Autor: Wiebelt, Manfred ; Thiele, Rainer

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/198051?ln=en

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