If the market for the already negligible amount of exported timber is deprived of its supply the raw material will have lost its value for the local population. The vital argument in favour of sustainable forestry (maintaining the value inherent in these areas) would become indefensible and a different utilisation would most probably evolve.
A boycott does not save any forests. The protection and sustainable management of the forests is only justifiable if value is attached to their content. Maintaining the tropical forests can be safeguarded only by sustainable utilisation and by involving its inhabitants. Even leading ecological groups are gradually backing off from the idea of a boycott and, instead, favour supporting the trade in tropical timber from sustainable resources. They no longer condone a general boycott of tropical timber as the preservation of endangered forests cannot be ensured in this way. Environmental associations favour an economic and socially compatible utilisation of the forests – the only way in which tropical forests can be protected long-term and the local population can be supported.