[F&ES 833] / 2017-2018
Global Forest Policy & Governance
How can we describe and understand the development of global forest policy and governance over the last 30 years? What role do global efforts have in shaping national policies and local communities? What are the implications of these interactions for addressing enduring environmental and social challenges? What groups and values benefit from historical and current approaches? What groups and interests are disempowered? What pathways might be traveled to improve the effects and contributions of global forest policy and governance? The purpose of this class is to shed light on these questions by integrating scholarly and practitioner perspectives.
The course will be co-taught by Jan McAlpine and Ben Cashore. McAlpine brings 35 years of practitioner experiences promoting the sustainable use, protection and social values of forests in the context of sustainable development including serving as positions in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the US State Department, and as Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) from 2008 to 2013. Cashore is a leading scholar on global forest policy and governance who focuses on the integration of public and private approaches across multiple scales. The assumption of the class is that by integrating different sources of knowledge students will obtain a more robust understanding not only about what has transpired, but what they might do following graduation to steer the course of forest policy and governance towards effective and enduring solutions