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Redefining the issues: NGO influence on international forest negotiations

Humphreys, David (2004). Redefining the issues: NGO influence on international forest negotiations. Global Environmental Politics, 4(2) pp. 51–74.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/152638004323074192
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Abstract

How successful have nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) been in influencing international forest policy? Specifically, how effective have they been at altering the texts of international forest policy declarations and agreements? This paper studies NGO efforts to influence international forest policy from the mid-1980s, when deforestation first emerged as an international environmental challenge, to 2001 when the United Nations Forum on Forests was created. This paper demonstrates that, in the short term, NGOs are more effective when they: 1. involve themselves in the early stages of negotiations, 2. suggest substantive and procedural ideas that are already well-known in for a outside forest politics, and 3. align their suggestions with the prevailing neoliberal discourse of international politics. The paper suggests that such conditions can be rather limited and thus speculates about NGO efforts within a longer time frame.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1526-3800
Keywords: economic policy; forest policy; forest management; natural resources; non-governmental organisations
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 3203
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3203
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