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Australian Forest governance: a comparrison of two certification schemes


Gale, F, Australian Forest governance: a comparrison of two certification schemes, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21, (4) pp. 396-412. ISSN 1448-6563 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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© 2014 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc

DOI: doi:10.1080/14486563.2014.944591


Conflict over how forests should be managed has been a perennial feature of Australian environmental policy. In the early 2000s, these conflicts spilled over into a ‘certification war’ between two international forest certification standards – the Australian Forestry Standard, championed by industry and government, and the Forest Stewardship Council, championed by environmental civil society organisations. A key issue at stake in Australia’s certification war is how similar or different the two schemes are. Building on the extensive literature on ‘new governance’, this article undertakes a systematic comparative analysis of the two schemes utilising a three-dimensional governance framework. The comparison reveals significant differences in the political, institutional and regulatory arrangements employed by each scheme.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:forest; certification; governance; FSC; AFS; Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Environment policy
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:Gale, F (Professor Fred Gale)
ID Code:96701
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-11-17
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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