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What Would a Global Forest Convention Mean for Tropical Forests and for Timber Consumers?

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A global forest convention has been advocated for about 15 years, but progress is slow and positions of advocates and opponents appear entrenched. We review several case studies and offer new empirical evidence relating to causes of and remedies for deforestation. We find no evidence to suggest that a forest convention will be effective in halting deforestation. Our data indicate that development assistance may be the most effective approach to save forests in developing countries. It appears that “money speaks louder than words.” We conclude that a global forest convention will be ineffective unless accompanied by substantial and well-directed development assistance.

Keywords: UNFF; deforestation; development assistance; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainable development

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Professor Of Sustainable Forestry Southern Cross University, Email: 2: Senior Lecturer in Silviculture and Agroforestry Southern Cross University PO Box 157 Lismore Australia 2480, Email:

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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