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Schwarzbauer, P.; Rametsteiner, E..
(2001): The Impact of SFM-Certification on Forest Products Markets in Europe - An Analysis Using a Forest Sector Simulation Model.
FOREST POLICY ECON, 2, 241-256; ISSN 1389-9341

Abstract:
In the international discussion on labels for sustainably produced wood products based on the certification of sustainable forest management (SFM), little attention has been paid to what is probably the most crucial part of any market-based instrument: the potential impact on forest products markets. This paper analyses the potential impact of SFM-certification on forest products markets using a simulation model of the Western European forest sector. Two scenarios with assumptions regarding certification (chain-of-custody costs, timber supply reduction from certified forests) are projected for the period 1995-2015 and tested against the results of a base scenario ('business as usual'). In general, the results show that rather modest changes are to be expected from SFM-certification in forest products markets. The market impact of a timber supply reduction from certified forest would be more distinct than the impacts of chain-of-custody costs. Industry gross profits would decrease more than production. Due to the large share of roundwood costs in total costs, the sawmill industry would be affected more by even small changes in raw-material prices than the panel and paper industry. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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Schwarzbauer Peter
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