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Global 13

Global InsightSustainable Forestry A practical way to approach responsible forest management Frustration over intractable conservation negotiations brought together a committed group of environmentalists, foresters, forest owners, trade unionists, social activists and indigenous peoples to find workable solutions for forest governance, asKim Carstensen of the Forest Stewardship Council explains T Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It is enous peoples, and more – agreed that the world’s forests were too--A committed group of actors in the forest sector – environmentalists, foresters, forest owners, trade unionists, social activists, indig-he Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is one of the illegitimate children of the UN Conference on Environment and illegitimate because, unlike most of the other children of Rio, such important to leave to indefinite intergovernmental processes. So, as the Climate Change Convention, the Biodiversity Convention instead of depending on government commitment, they established or Agenda 21, FSC was not born as a result of success by govern- FSC as a market-oriented instrument to overcome a global crisis in ments in reaching agreement. There were no bold initiatives in Rio forest governance. to move towards sustainable development in the forest sector. On Since then much has happened in the world, but the global crisis the contrary, FSC arose out of bitter infighting and fruitless dis- in forest governance has not been resolved. It is true that forest cussions among governments on forest protection and sustainable management has been significantly improved in many countries forest management. and regions, but we still see far too many cases of forest illegality, FSC was formed out of a strong sense of frustration with the in- of serious and unresolved land disputes, and of blatantly unsustain- ability of governments to agree and to act together on forest issues. able practices in forests around the world. And at the global level, Credit: CIFOR/Mokhammad Edliadi 30 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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