Global Forest Governance

Global Forest Governance

Legal Concepts and Policy Trends

Rowena Maguire

This book identifies the fundamental legal principles and the governance requirements of sustainable forest management. An analytical model for assessing forest regulation is created which identifies the doctrinal concepts that underpin forest regulation (justice, property, sovereignty and governance). It also highlights the dominant public international institutions involved in forest regulation (UNFF, UNFCCC and WB) which is followed by analysis of non-state international forest regulation (forest certification and ecosystem markets). The book concludes by making a number of practical recommendations for reform of global forest governance arrangements and suggested reforms for individual international forest institutions.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Rowena Maguire

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental law, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, environmental law, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy

Extract

The objective of this book is to examine the doctrinal concepts that underpin international forestry regulation, and then trace the application of these concepts to a range of public and non-state international institutional forest policies and measures. By examining these concepts it becomes possible to understand the nature and requirements of the international law that governs sustainable forest management and use. Most of the existing literature on international forest regulation comes from scientific and political science authors. This book builds on existing literature discussing sustainable forest management, international forest regulation and politics, the role of international law, governance arrangements, land tenure, property rights, environmental justice and environmental markets. Legal analysis of the concept of sustainable forest management has been limited to date. Most of it has been narrow in focus and has tended to focus on a particular instrument associated with sustainable forest management, such as National Forest Policies or, more recently, Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+).