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Cost comparisons of reduced-impact and conventional logging in the tropics

Vincent P. Medjibe, , Francis E. Putz, , fep@ufl.edu
 
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Vincent P. Medjibe and Francis E. Putz (2012), "Cost comparisons of reduced-impact and conventional logging in the tropics", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 18: No. 3, pp 242-256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2012.05.001

Published: 0/8/2012
© 0 2012 Vincent P. Medjibe, Francis E. Putz
 
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JEL Codes:Q23-0
Forest economicsTimber harvesting costsTropical forestryTropical silvicultureREDD+
 

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Abstract

Comparisons of the costs of reduced-impact (RIL) and conventional logging (CL) based on new data from Gabon and 10 previously published studies revealed that some tropical forest operators should adopt RIL out of financial self-interest but many may require other motivation. Among the comparisons in which costs were expressed per cubic meter of harvested timber, three reported lower costs for RIL, one showed identical costs with CL, and six reported RIL to be more costly.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2012.05.001