Changing Governance of the Worlds Forests

Journal or Book Title: Science

Keywords: common-pool; community; force-articulation; forests; governance; vulnerability

Volume/Issue: 320/5882

Page Number(s): 1460-1462

Year Published: 2008


Major features of contemporary forest governance include decentralization of forest management, logging concessions in publicly owned commercially valuable forests, and timber certification, primarily in temperate forests. Although a majority of forests continue to be owned formally by governments, the effectiveness of forest governance is increasingly independent of formal ownership. Growing and competing demands for food, biofuels, timber, and environmental services will pose severe challenges to effective forest governance in the future, especially in conjunction with the direct and indirect impacts of climate change. A greater role for community and market actors in forest governance and deeper attention to the factors that lead to effective governance, beyond ownership patterns, is necessary to address future forest governance challenges.

DOI: 10.1126/science.1155369

Type of Publication: Journal Article