Sustainable Forest Management as a potential integrative approach in international public policy

Joana Mattei Faggin, A. Offermans

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Deforestation negatively affects the provision of environmental services, and
consequently affects local populations’ livelihoods that depend on the use of forest
resources. Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) aims to use forest resources in such a
way as to provide environmental services while at the same time achieving economic
and social goals. Even though there is currently no forest convention in an international
public policy context, the SFM concept is included in several international public policy
forums. The present chapter analyses SFM in three United Nations Conventions (CBD –
on Biological Diversity, UNFCCC – on Climate Change, and UNCCD – to Combat
Desertification). The chapter concludes that SFM is a broad concept, and its
implementation specificities are addressed at a national policy scale, which is mainly
influenced by the sovereignty principle. Finally, we concluded that the SFM concept still
hardly touches upon the social dimension, compared to the economic and
environmental dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development Research at ICIS
Subtitle of host publicationTaking stock and looking ahead.
EditorsR. Cövers, J. de Kraker, R. Kemp, P. Martens, H. van Lente
Place of PublicationMaastricht
PublisherUniversitaire Pers Maastricht
Pages189 -201
ISBN (Print)9789461596475
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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