Global forest discourses must connect with local forest realities

Bull, G.Q., Boedhihartono, A.K., Bueno, G., Cashore, B., Elliott, C., Langston, J.D., Riggs, R.A., and Sayer, J. (2018) Global forest discourses must connect with local forest realities. International Forestry Review, 20 (2). pp. 160-166.

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Numerous inter-governmental conservation initiatives have failed to halt the loss and degradation of forests. This paper explores the role of policy processes in developing and delivering desired future forest outcomes that meet both global environmental goals and the needs of local forest users. There is a clear disconnect between global commitments and local interventions to achieve forest outcomes. There is an incoherence in forest policy development at different spatial scales. Future forest governance needs to recognise the diversity of actors in the policy process and the complexity of local forest contexts. New actors in the policy process will include knowledge brokers and policy entrepreneurs who increasingly shape the policy discourse. There is also a need for policy durability and problem focused policy-learning pathways. Forest and allied sciences continue to be critical for delivering desired forest outcomes, and learning from the diversity of local contexts is critical to creating effective and coherent policies.

Item ID: 54736
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-5489
Keywords: inter-governmental, forests, conservation, incoherence, local, forest-users
Funders: Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA)
Projects and Grants: CLUA 2016-0001,0002,0003
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 07:38
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 50%
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