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Reflections on the role of logistics in the sustainable exploitation of natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Author: Muñoz, Cristina - Pérez, Gabriel 12 p. Editorial: ECLAC May 2017


This bulletin examines the interrelations that exist between logistics and natural resources and addresses different theoretical approaches for analysing global natural resource production chains and networks. Many of the methodologies analysed focus either on the resources or on the stages of international trade and omit the importance of logistics infrastructure, which is the logical and physical thread that connects the different links in the network. Not only do properly coordinated logistics allow flows of materials to be mobilized in an appropriate, timely, safe way and at a competitive cost; they also have an enormous impact on the interconnection of territories, on the connectivity and accessibility of transport services and on the mitigation of negative externalities that affect the environment and the population.