J. Andrew Grant, Dianne Balraj, Georgia Mavropoulos-Vagelis: Reflections on network governance in Africa’s forestry sector
- Forestry sector
- Forest Stewardship Council
- Central African Forests Commission
- International forest governance
- Certification schemes
International forest governance is an integral part of global policy debates on ways of preventing deforestation, illegal mining and unsustainable forestry practices. Africa is a leading producer of timber, though the region is plagued by a lack of capacity and difficulties in managing its forest sector. Based on network governance analysis, we explore the extent to which the evolution and interventions of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Central African Forests Commission ( COMIFAC) have helped to address governance issues. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of these two shining examples of international forest governance by introducing recent ideas and concepts from Africa. We conclude with a politically relevant discussion on how the FSC and COMIFAC can bolster the authority, legitimacy and effectiveness and improve forest governance in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
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