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Does Differentiation by Certified Raw Wood Change the Average Price at the Tama Roundwood Market Center in Tokyo, Japan?

by 1,† and 2,*,†
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Graduate School of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University, Fujisawa 252-0880, Japan
2
College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University, Fujisawa 252-0880, Japan
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Shohei Kameyama and Katsuaki Sugiura equally contributed as first authors.
Academic Editor: Venceslas Goudiaby
Forests 2021, 12(3), 264; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030264
Received: 26 January 2021 / Revised: 15 February 2021 / Accepted: 21 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Management to Optimise Forest Ecosystem Services)
It is important to understand price premiums related to certified raw wood to predict the future of forest certifications from the perspective of forestry enterprises. We focused on identifying the trading roundwood market data in the economic center of power in Tokyo. This study aimed to clarify Tama-certified raw wood prices under the local area certification scheme, forest-certified raw wood prices, and the handling volumes at the Tama Roundwood Market Center in Tokyo. Sales details of the Tama Roundwood Market Center were used to identify the handling volumes, Tama-certified raw wood prices, and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or SGEC (Japan-specific Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council)-certified raw wood prices. The FSC and SGEC have operated from the center since 2016. Data were collected from the 2006–2018 fiscal years. Our results showed that the volume of raw wood handled increased due to the regeneration-cutting project conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. On the other hand, there was no price premium for Tama-certified raw wood under the local certification scheme or for FSC- or SGEC-certified raw wood. Price premiums for forest certifications are necessary for ongoing sustainable forest management. There is a need to increase consumer awareness of forest certifications and to differentiate quality certifications further, and these would likely create price premiums. View Full-Text
Keywords: certified wood; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC); forest certification; sustainable forest management; raw wood; roundwood market; price premium certified wood; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council (SGEC); forest certification; sustainable forest management; raw wood; roundwood market; price premium
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Kameyama, S.; Sugiura, K. Does Differentiation by Certified Raw Wood Change the Average Price at the Tama Roundwood Market Center in Tokyo, Japan? Forests 2021, 12, 264. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030264

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Kameyama S, Sugiura K. Does Differentiation by Certified Raw Wood Change the Average Price at the Tama Roundwood Market Center in Tokyo, Japan? Forests. 2021; 12(3):264. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030264

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Kameyama, Shohei, and Katsuaki Sugiura. 2021. "Does Differentiation by Certified Raw Wood Change the Average Price at the Tama Roundwood Market Center in Tokyo, Japan?" Forests 12, no. 3: 264. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12030264

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