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 6: Regulation of forests by the international climate change regime

Rowena Maguire

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


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was negotiated at the Earth Summit (Rio 1992) and entered into force on 21 March 1994. The 1992 Convention attributes the high presence of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere to industrialized nations.2 It also directs industrialized nations to take responsibility for this3 and creates a framework for addressing climate change at the international level.4 The convention boasts almost universal membership with 192 parties having ratified the instrument.

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