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Legal vs. certified timber: Preliminary impacts of forest certification in Cameroon

Cerutti, Paolo; Tacconi, Luca; Nasi, Robert; Lescuyer, Guillaume

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The concept of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) has a pivotal role for both the Cameroonian legal framework and market-based instruments such as forest certification. We assess the different impacts on timber harvesting of the forest legal framework as compared to the adoption of forest certification, on the ten Forest Management Unit (FMUs) that had received a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification by mid-2009, and discuss some differences between legal and certified timber. Results...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCerutti, Paolo
dc.contributor.authorTacconi, Luca
dc.contributor.authorNasi, Robert
dc.contributor.authorLescuyer, Guillaume
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:40:26Z
dc.identifier.issn1389-9341
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/57464
dc.description.abstractThe concept of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) has a pivotal role for both the Cameroonian legal framework and market-based instruments such as forest certification. We assess the different impacts on timber harvesting of the forest legal framework as compared to the adoption of forest certification, on the ten Forest Management Unit (FMUs) that had received a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification by mid-2009, and discuss some differences between legal and certified timber. Results show that the average reduction in the annual allowable cut (AAC) of concerned FMUs is about 11% when legal harvesting rules are adopted, about 18% when the FSC rules as requested by the certifying bodies (CBs) are applied, and about 34% when the 'FSC logic of sustainable harvesting', as agreed upon on paper by logging companies and CBs, is used. Our findings confirm that forest certification has the potential to improve weak normative frameworks that allow the unsustainable use of forests. However, they also suggest that certifying bodies tend to reduce the stringency of the FSC rules in certified FMUs if not backed by a uniform FSC standard and by a stronger legal framework. We elaborate on the reasons why that may occur and provide suggestions for improvements.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceForestry Policy and Economics
dc.subjectKeywords: Annual allowable cuts; Cameroon; Certified timber; Forest certification; Forest management units; Forest stewardship council certifications; Legal frameworks; Logging companies; Market-based instruments; Sustainable forest management; Sustainable harvesti Cameroon; Forest certification; Law enforcement; Sustainable forest management
dc.titleLegal vs. certified timber: Preliminary impacts of forest certification in Cameroon
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume13
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB402
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCerutti, Paolo, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationTacconi, Luca, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNasi, Robert, Center for International Forestry Research
local.contributor.affiliationLescuyer, Guillaume, CIRAD
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issueOnline 4 Dec 2010
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage184
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage190
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.forpol.2010.11.005
local.identifier.absseo960799 - Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:28:18Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79952445966
local.identifier.thomsonID000289496200006
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