Protectionism: The New Tool Against Forestry in the Developing World

June 2010 – A World Growth Study

The World Growth report, “Protectionism: The New Tool Against Forestry in the Developing World” examines the way in which both Western governments and NGOs are using different types of trade controls to dictate forest policy in the developing world. The European Union in particular has launched a raft of policy measures that are aimed squarely at forest products such as paper and timber, while the US has amended the Lacey Act to control all imports of plant products. At the same time, both countries have used anti-dumping or countervailing procedures to impose tariffs on paper imports. Combined, these measures will impact upon economic growth in the developing world. This paper examines the proposed and existing green protections that are facing the forest industry in developing and emerging economies and their possible impacts. It also provides a basis for how the industry and governments in developing and emerging economies can respond.

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