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

29 Dec 2016

This chapter seeks to shed light on the task of ameliorating illegal logging and related timber trade by identifying and nurturing the promising global governance interventions capable of helping improve compliance to governmental policies and laws at national, subnational and local levels. This is done 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? The chapter proceed in the following steps. After the 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 (USA, 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). The chapter concludes 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.

Tags: transboundary governance environmental crime

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