Chapter 1: Introduction
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+).