, a professor of environmental governance and political science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), has received the prestigious Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations
(IUFRO). He was recognized for his achievements in research related to governance of forest resources worldwide.
Cashore was one of just 10 recipients to receive the award, which is given by the independent scientific committee every four years. The formal ceremony will be held at IUFRO’s 2014 World Congress, to be held in Salt Lake City in October.
“After years of conducting a range of research efforts across different domains —from North America and Europe to Southeast Asia and Brazil — it’s gratifying to be rewarded with this kind of recognition,” Cashore said. “I take it not simply as a reflection of the cutting edge work we’ve done in my lab but also that we’ve done it in a way that is useful to addressing ongoing forestry and environmental challenges.”
Cashore is the director of both the Governance, Environmental and Markets Initiative
(GEM) and the Program on Forest Policy and Governance at F&ES
. In addition to his work at Yale, Cashore directs IUFRO’s Task Force on International Forest Governance, which was created to design and promote new tools for improving forest policy governance — including innovative market mechanisms — that engage a broad coalition of stakeholders.
The task force has produced a series of policy briefs and strategic documents that help practitioners worldwide implement a range of innovative forest policy approaches — including legality verification of forestry products and REDD+, a UN-based program that provides incentives to developing nations to preserve forests.
These and other forest governance schemes will only succeed, Cashore says, if they involve stakeholders at all levels and link the strategies with meaningful results on the ground.