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NGO Influence on Forest Legislation: Experiences from Federal Forest Management in the United States

Bravo-Gonzalez, Ramon (2003)
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
In the last two decades, a concern on how federal forests in the United States are managed has provoked concerns among different stakeholders, including NGOs.

The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the understanding of NGO influence on forest management legislation. Eight aspects were selected and compared in different study cases referring to legislative proposals dealing with forest management in order to define success criteria for a legislative initiative. The study indicates that the following criteria are particularly important to fulfill in order to influence forest management legislation:

- The issue to address should be on the political agenda and have high public interest.

- Environmental and social aspects should not... (More)
In the last two decades, a concern on how federal forests in the United States are managed has provoked concerns among different stakeholders, including NGOs.

The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the understanding of NGO influence on forest management legislation. Eight aspects were selected and compared in different study cases referring to legislative proposals dealing with forest management in order to define success criteria for a legislative initiative. The study indicates that the following criteria are particularly important to fulfill in order to influence forest management legislation:

- The issue to address should be on the political agenda and have high public interest.

- Environmental and social aspects should not be at the expense of economic aspects.

- The legislative initiative should be prepared in multi-stakeholder processes, including local government and organizations.

- The supporters of the initiative should take part in all decision-making processes and advise the Government in aspects related to their areas of expertise.

NGOs would likely improve their chances of influencing forest management legislation if they hold a flexible position regarding legislative proposals containing similar or even less strict

measures than their own initiatives, look at market oriented schemes as alternatives to legislation, and maintain good relationships with other major stakeholders. (Less)
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author
Bravo-Gonzalez, Ramon
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Forest management, Forest legislation, NGO, stakeholders, federal legislation, United States, Environmental studies, Miljöstudier
language
English
id
1329369
date added to LUP
2006-09-26 00:00:00
date last changed
2006-09-27 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {In the last two decades, a concern on how federal forests in the United States are managed has provoked concerns among different stakeholders, including NGOs.

The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the understanding of NGO influence on forest management legislation. Eight aspects were selected and compared in different study cases referring to legislative proposals dealing with forest management in order to define success criteria for a legislative initiative. The study indicates that the following criteria are particularly important to fulfill in order to influence forest management legislation:

- The issue to address should be on the political agenda and have high public interest.

- Environmental and social aspects should not be at the expense of economic aspects.

- The legislative initiative should be prepared in multi-stakeholder processes, including local government and organizations.

- The supporters of the initiative should take part in all decision-making processes and advise the Government in aspects related to their areas of expertise.

NGOs would likely improve their chances of influencing forest management legislation if they hold a flexible position regarding legislative proposals containing similar or even less strict

measures than their own initiatives, look at market oriented schemes as alternatives to legislation, and maintain good relationships with other major stakeholders.},
  author       = {Bravo-Gonzalez, Ramon},
  keyword      = {Forest management,Forest legislation,NGO,stakeholders,federal legislation,United States,Environmental studies,Miljöstudier},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {NGO Influence on Forest Legislation: Experiences from Federal Forest Management in the United States},
  year         = {2003},
}