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Problems associated with the sale of timber in the buffer zone of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve
The State model for import substitution industry favored the growth of the industrial sector as the driving force behind economic development. The role assigned to the agricultural sector and, thus to the timber and forestry sectors was as a provider of raw materials and abundant and cheap labor. The protectionist policies underlying this model provided for the appearance of monopolies in the timber industry.