Global Forest Governance
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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.
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Chapter 5: The role of the United Nations Forum on Forests

Legal Concepts and Policy Trends

Rowena Maguire


The United Nations Forum on Forests is a unique member of the United Nations family. This is due not only to its status1 within the United Nations framework, but also because of the political history leading to its current form and mandate. The body is probably better known for its shortcomings rather than its achievements. These shortcomings are worthy of examination, as the challenges causing deadlock within this setting reappear when other intergovernmental bodies attempt to create international forest policy.2 The purpose of the forum is to provide an intergovernmental policy-negotiating platform that promotes the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, and which strengthens long-term political commitment to this end.3 The forum’s sole focus on forest-related issues could explain the lack of progress made by this institution.

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