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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1994
- TROPICAL FOREST AGREEMENT
countries that produce or consume tropical timber finally reached
a compromise in January that renews the current International
Tropical Timber Agreement, which expires in March. Negotiations
had been stalled because producing (developing) countries wanted
consuming countries to apply the same standards of sustainable
forestry to their own forests in higher latitudes. However,
consuming countries were only willing to make a non-binding
commitment to harvest timber sustainably by the year 2000. They
also agreed to create (but did not pledge money to) a fund to
help producers of tropical timber meet forest conservation goals.
See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 106, Feb. 9 and pp. 47-48,
Jan. 26; Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 4, Jan. 28.
In an unrelated development with implications for world
forests, France has cancelled half the debt it is owed by
Camaroon in return for almost exclusive access by French
companies to Camaroon's forests. Environmentalists consider this
a bizarre reversal of "debt-for-nature" swaps and an
example of how Third World countries are being forced to
liquidate their natural resources. See New Scientist, p.
7, Jan. 29.
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