Good Forest Governance Research Paper by ABCs

Good Forest Governance
A literature review of good forest governance in Asia and the Pacific.
# 111976 | 7,614 words | 11 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2009 in Agricultural Studies (Forestry) , Environmental Studies (General)

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The world's forests are under threat from illegal logging and deforestation generating damaging global environmental change. While the forestry sector can contribute to reducing poverty and enhancing sustainability, this can only occur with the right forest policies and practices. Through a literature review, this paer attempts to show that appropriate forest policy, democratic leadership, strong institutions, bottom-up decision making - in short good forest governance arrangements - are increasingly recognized as essential to achieve sustainable forest management. The paper also develops the concept of good forest governance and uses it to compare the policies and practices of forested countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Literature Review

From the Paper:

"The work of Antonio P. Contreras (2006) entitled: "Civil Society and Forest Governance in Southeast Asia: Towards an Alternative Model in Addressing Transboundary Forest-Related Conflicts" states that the relations "...between states and civil societies have long been established as a critical and complex one. States emerge and gain legitimacy from civil society institutions and processes, even as the sate limits civil societies through legal-bureaucratic mechanisms manifested in law and public policy. With the increasing role of civil society institutions in recent years, state policy, including foreign policy, has become a new domain for civil society engagement." (Contreras, 2006) It is stated however, the there has been an increasing in the participation of civil society in both domestic and regional environmental governance in Southeast Asia. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Badenoch, Nathan. 2002. Transboundary Environmental Governance: Principles and Practice in Mainland Southeast Asia. Washington, D.C.: World Resources Institute
  • Cavaye, Jim (2004) Governance and Community Engagement: The Australian Experience In: Lovan, W.R., Murray, M. and Shaffer, R. (2004) Ashgate Publishing Company, Burlington, VT.
  • Colchester, M. and Fay, C. (2007) Rights and Resources Initiative: Listening, Learning, Sharing - Asia Final Report September 2007. Land, Forest and People: Facing the Challenges in South-East Asia. Online available at:
  • Contreras, Antonia P. (2006) Civil Society and Forest Governance in Southeast Asia; Towards an Alternative Model in Addressing Transboundary Forest-Related Conflicts. Paper presented at the 2006 IASCP Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, June 19 - 23, 2006. Online available at:
  • Decentralization and State-Sponsored Community Forestry in Asia (2007) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Forest Conservation Project.

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