This Article proposes a new international regime to help recapture the lost value of native forests and promote global forest protection - the General Agreement on the Timber Trade.
Part I outlines the essential differences between native forest conservation and industrial forestry. Part II chronicles the ecological, social, and economic losses resulting from the destruction of native forests. Part Ill reveals the national and international components of the timber trade, and demonstrates how these components contribute to unsustainable logging practices. Part IV assesses the effectiveness of prior and ongoing international efforts to reform the global timber trade and promote sustainable forestry. Concluding that these efforts have been largely unsuccessful, Part V sets forth the framework for a more responsive international regime, the General Agreement on the Timber Trade. Part VI proposes legal strategies for reconciling this new proposed agreement with the trade rules established under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
5 NYU Envt'l. L. J. 735 (1996)