Economic instruments for tropical forests: the Congo basin base

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The likely impact of a number of economic instruments on changing current practices in the management and logging of humid tropical forests particularly in Congo Basin where there are large areas forested with high quality timber, is examined. Some potential instruments are discussed, such as a performance bond incentive system or markets for tradable emission permits. A view of the forestry policy issues in relation to the new aspects of tropical forest management at the crossroads of economics and ecology is provided.

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