Title: Sustainable management of world forests – to what extent can regulation drive it?

Authors: Patricia Blazey

Addresses: Business Law Cluster, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney 2109, Australia

Abstract: The most recent report produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations states that deforestation of the world|s primary forests has reached unsustainable levels. Addressing this problem at the international level is a major challenge as a significant proportion of primary forests are located in developing countries which undertake deforestation not only to produce products for export but also to clear land for agricultural purposes, cattle ranching and urban development. The outcome of the many international forest focused conferences which have taken place over the past few decades, has been an inability to come up with a workable solution to the problem. In light of these outcomes, this article argues that the sustainable management of primary forests is now crucial and best administered at state level. This will require support from rich countries in the form of finance, know-how and technology. An international forest treaty that promotes sustainable forestry and supports the establishment of protected forests areas can only succeed if a bottom up approach is undertaken because taking into account specific local conditions is essential.

Keywords: international treaties; sustainable management; Food and Agriculture Organization; FAO; UN; United Nations; world forests; state regulation; sustainability; sustainable development; deforestation; primary forests; unsustainable levels; developing countries; forestry products; exports; land clearance; agriculture; farming; cattle ranching; urban development; international conferences; workable solutions; rich countries; developed countries; financial support; know-how; technological support; sustainable forestry; protected forests; bottom up approaches; local conditions; public law; public policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLAP.2011.042623

International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2011 Vol.1 No.2, pp.202 - 219

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 20 Sep 2011 *

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