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Accounting for social impacts and costs in the forest industry, British Columbia


Gale, R and Gale, F, Accounting for social impacts and costs in the forest industry, British Columbia, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 26, (2) pp. 139-155. ISSN 0195-9255 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2005.02.002


Business reviews of the forest industry in British Colombia, Canada, typically portray an unequivocally positive picture of its financial and economic health. In doing so, they fail to consider the following six categories of social impacts and costs: (1) direct and indirect subsidies; (2) government support through investment; (3) community dependence; (4) the maintenance of public order; (5) aboriginal title; and (6) the overestimation of employment. Our findings show that conventional economic and financial accounting methods inflate the industry's net contribution to the economy. We make a number of recommendations to address this shortcoming to improve future accounting and reporting procedures. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, assessment, forest, British Columbia, subsidies
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Comparative government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:43475
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2014-06-03

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