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Strengthening governance of climate change forestry: an Australian perspective


Baxter, TI, Strengthening governance of climate change forestry: an Australian perspective, Proceedings of the 2nd UNITAR-Yale Global Conference on Environmental Governance & Democracy, 17-19 September 2010, Yale Law School, pp. 1-19. (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Forests are the lungs of the Earth, delivering vital ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration. Restraining the rapid pace of deforestation and its resultant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is therefore one crucial component of climate change mitigation which demands urgent action. One obstacle to REDD+ is that many countries suffer regulatory capture of forestry policy, whereby industry interests prevail over community, national and international interests. This phenomenon is by no means unique to developing countries. As a potential antidote, authorities such as Professors Gunningham and Faure recognise the importance of enabling NGO involvement in the design and development of environmental policy and regulation, so as to provide a countervailing voice to industry lobbying. Professor Gunningham further recommends that the regulatory mix supplements state enforcement of environmental regulation with measures to empower the public (including NGOs) to act as surrogate regulators. Using a case study approach focused on PNG and Australia, this paper: illustrates stakeholder engagement rules which currently impede transparency, accountability and effectiveness of forestry governance generally; and argues that such rules must be reformed to harness the growing mobilization of civil society and empower local communities before large sums are delivered through REDD+ partnerships.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baxter, TI (Dr Tom Baxter)
ID Code:68166
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Accounting and Corporate Governance
Deposited On:2011-03-10
Last Modified:2012-10-09
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