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An October meeting at the United Nations failed to renew the International Tropical Timber Agreement, which expires next March. Countries that export tropical timber remain committed to the goal of harvesting only sustainably managed forests by the year 2000, but they want consumer countries, mostly in the north, to treat their own forests the same way. The consumer countries are resisting such a commitment. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 750, Oct. 20 1993; New Scientist, pp. 11 and 3, Oct. 23 1993. The last reference is an editorial on the relationship of the timber agreement to the biodiversity convention and the International Forest Convention proposed unsuccessfully at the Earth Summit. "Living in Harmony with the Forests" (ibid., pp. 11-12, Sep. 25) discusses the difficulties of defining sustainable forestry. "Defining Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics" (Environ. Sci. Technol., pp. 1004-1006, June) discusses a National Academy of Sciences report (Global Climate Change Digest, p. 7, Oct.) that relates to forest destruction.

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