(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Russia’s forests in a global economy : how consumption drives environmental change

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

NEWELL J.P. (1) ; SIMEONE J. (2) ;
(1) School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, ETATS-UNIS
(2) School of Environmental and Forest Sciences & Jackson School of International Studies, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, ETATS-UNIS


The AA. assess the state of Russia’s forest resources and demonstrates how sweeping changes ushered in by perestroika and globalization have forged a highly export-dependent forest sector. In tracking these flows through China to US urban centers, with timber becoming furniture and flooring sold in big-box stores, they demonstrate how consumption patterns affect ecosystems and socioeconomic relations in resource and manufacturing peripheries far beyond regional and national borders. The “ecological shadow” of forest change and degradation in post-Soviet Russia, therefore, is a confluence of factors related to both consumption and production: globalized shifting external market demand; the spatial fracturing of the industry; inefficient production; internal corruption; and weak forest governance.The Russian forest case provides evidence that we need to approach complex environmental (and development) issues as a coupled production–consumption dynamic


Article of periodic

published at : Eurasian geography and economics / ISSN 1538-7216


Millesime : 2014, vol. 55, no1 [pp. 37-70]

Bibliographic references : 8 p.

Collation : 9 fig., 1 tabl., 1 carte



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/15387216.2014.926254

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