This paper develops a microeconomic framework to assess how opening up for trade will affect the overall welfare and its distribution within a forest community, as well as the impact on the environment. Whereas trade will increase overall welfare, it usually creates both winners and losers. The increased scale of the activity caused by trade is likely to have negative impacts on the environment when viewed in isolation, but it may also shift resources away from destructive activities. The paper briefly presents some tentative conclusions based on fieldwork in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Series: Proceedings from Workshop on Trade Impacts on Forest Communities, Aatvidaberg, Sweden, 18-20. January 1998
Publication Year: 1998
Source: A paper presented at a workshop on Trade Impacts on Forest Communities. Aatvidaberg, Sweden, 18-20 January 1998 (has not been published). 1-13