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 10: Evaluation and recommendations

Rowena Maguire

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


This book started its analysis with an overview in part two of the doctrines, principles, and rules that underpin global forest governance. The following key thematic aspects of forest regulation were identified: the rule of law; environmental justice; the rights and restrictions associated with sovereignty at the international level; the rights and restrictions associated with property at the domestic level; and consideration of forest governance arrangements. This book has argued that these concepts should and do influence the development of international forestry regulation. The following components of this book examined different international regimes and their approach to forest regulation. Part three examined the role of public international institutions – defined as those bodies operating under the United Nations’ umbrella. The institutions examined were the United Nations Forum on Forestry, the International Climate Change Regime and the World Bank. Part four focused on the role of non-state market regulation.

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