Tablillas, small-dimension lumber, are sweeping the timber markets in Peru from informal trade in rural villages to major housing suppliers in Lima. This expanding market for lumber from fast-growing timber is reshaping the productive landscape in the Amazon region by inspiring a system of timber production quite distinct ecologically, socially, and economically from the dominant practice of selective logging. This paper introduces the species and production systems that feed this emerging and expanding market, and explores the social networks that facilitate the processing and marketing of tablillas, presenting an economic model that describes the system from the point of view of the rural producer. Finally, the paper discusses regulatory changes that would allow rural farmers to participate more directly, legally and sustainably in the tablilla boom.
Topic: rural economy, selection, logging, timbers
Publisher: Chicago University Press
Publication Year: 2014
Source: Susanna B. Hecht, Kathleen D. Morrison, and Christine Padoch The Social Lives of Forests : Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence. 336-347