Global Governance Approaches to Addressing Illegal Logging: Uptake and Lessons Learnt

Benjamin Cashore, Sina Leipold, P O Cerutti, Gabriela Bueno, Sophia Carodenuto, Xiaoqian Chen, Wil de Jong, Audrey Denvir, Christian Hansen, David Humphreys, Rafael Jacques Rodrigues

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    One of the most challenging tasks facing development agencies, trade ministries, environmental groups, social activists and forest-focused business interests seeking to ameliorate illegal logging and related timber trade is to identify and nurture promising global governance interventions capable of helping improve compliance to governmental policies and laws at national, subnational and local levels. This question is especially acute for developing countries constrained by capacity challenges and “weak states” (Risse, 2011). This chapter seeks to shed light on this task by asking four related questions: How do we understand the emergence of illegal logging as a matter of global interest? What are the types of global interventions designed to improve domestic legal compliance? How have individual states responded to these global efforts? What are the prospects for future impacts and evolution? We proceed in the following steps. Following this introduction, step two reviews how the problem of “illegal logging” emerged on the international agenda. Step three reviews leading policy interventions that resulted from this policy framing. Step four reviews developments in selected countries/regions around the world according to their place on the global forest products supply chain: consumers (United States, Europe and Australia); middle of supply chain manufacturers (China and South Korea) and producers (Russia; Indonesia; Brazil and Peru; Ghana, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo). We conclude by reflecting on key trends that emerge from this review relevant for understanding the conditions through which legality might make a difference in addressing critical challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIllegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses
    Editors Daniela Kleinschmit, Stephanie Mansourian, Christoph Wildburger, Andre Purret
    Place of PublicationVienna
    PublisherInternational Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
    ISBN (Print)978-3-902762-70-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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