Upon a successful completion of this course, the students are expected to have an understanding on the present state of the world's forests and forest use, and to recognise the related dynamics and challenges. The students understand the theoretical orientations and evolution of global forest governance and its role in responding to global forest-related problems. They have an overview of the international forest regime complex and recognise the most important processes, institutions, and agreements that have an influence on forests, and how they affect forests at regional, national, and local levels.
The state of the world's forests and global dynamics and challenges. The concepts of forest and environmental policies, regime, and governance. Forest-focused processes and operators (e.g. FAO, ITTO, UNCED-UNFF). Environmental conventions and forests (e.g. CBD, UNFCCC, UNCCD). Regional (e.g. Forest Europe, Montreal) processes and Criteria and Indicators of SFM. Forest certification. Multi-level and multi-stakeholder governance. The role of the EU. Stakeholders in global forest governance (nation-states, forest industries and forest owners, environmental and social NGOs). The role of interests, values, and principles in the search for a global consensus regarding forests. Performance and future of global forest governance.
Global forest resources assessment 2015. How are the world's forests changing? Food and agriculture organisation of the United Nations. Rome, 2016.
Mery, G., Katila, P., Galloway, G., Alfaro, R.I., Kanninen, M., Lobovikov, M. and Varjo, J. (eds.). 2010. Forest and Society – Responding to Global Drivers of Change.
IUFRO World Series Volume 25. Vienna. Required chapters specified in the lectures.
Rayner, J., Buck, A. and Katila, P. (ed.) 2010. Embracing complexity: meeting the challenges of international forest governance. A Global assessment Report by the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime. IUFRO World Series Vol.28. Required chapters specified in the lectures.
Katila, P., Galloway, G., Jong, W., Pachero, P. and Mery G. 2014. Forests under pressure – Local responses to global issues. IUFRO World Series Vol. 32. Required chapters specified in the lectures.
Panwar, R., Kozak R., Hansen, E. (Eds.). Forests, Business and Sustainability. Routledge.
Literature specified during the lectures.