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Economics and natural tropical forest management



Economics and natural tropical forest management



ITTO Tropical Forest Update 5(4): 3-6



It can be considered that forest management can be an instrument of conservation if prices for forest products are high enough to ensure that the annual revenue they generate is greater than that of alternative land uses over the same time span and if such revenues are used to secure and sustain the resource. The fact that some 15.4 million hectares of tropical forest are being cleared each year is prima facie evidence that at the moment such conditions do not generally apply.

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