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The Wicked Problem of Forest Policy A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sustainability in Forest Landscapes

By: William Nikolakis(Editor), John L Innes(Editor)
400 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 9 tables
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  • The Wicked Problem of Forest Policy ISBN: 9781108471404 Hardback Jul 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

Forests play an important role in resolving global challenges such as sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity loss, and food and water security. Stopping deforestation is crucial for the future of our planet. Global efforts to curb deforestation, have been partially successful, but have largely fallen short. At the same time, national level efforts to support human development, reflected in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, aim to increase the welfare and wellbeing of populations living in poverty. Meeting these development goals will inevitably have crosscutting effects on initiatives to address deforestation. In balancing these goals, policy makers are confronted with wicked problems – or problems where there are moral considerations and where limited information is available for policy makers. This book is focused on how wicked forest policy problems have been, and can be, addressed.


1. The wicked problem of forest policy / William Nikolakis and John L. Innes

Part I. Wicked Problems and Policies
2. Why forests matter? / Frances Seymour
3. Forest certification and forest use: a comprehensive analysis / Fred Cubbage and Erin Sills
4. REDD+ meets local realities / Arild Vatn, Maria Nantongo and Raymond Samndong
5. Have payments for ecosystem services delivered for the rural poor? A decade of implementation in the 'global South' / Diana Alfonso-Bécares and Esteve Corbera
6. Tackling gender inequality through forest-related policies and programmes: global challenges, multi-scale innovations, and local experiences / Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Jennie Dey de Pryck
7. Forestry crimes and our planet: a review / Christian Nellemann, Rune Henriksen, Margaretha Schlingemann and Riccardo Pravettoni
8. Forest bioeconomy development: markets and industry structures / Lauri Hetemäki and Elias Hurmekoski

Part II. Tools to Address Wicked Problems
9. The wicked problems of Indonesia's forests require effective institutions to resolve difficult trade-offs / Jeffrey Sayer
10. Power to the forest people: tendencies, impact and the future of locally-controlled forests / David Kaimowitz and Fernanda Tomaselli
11. How are land use multi-stakeholder forums affected by their contexts? Perspectives from two regions of the Peruvian Amazon / Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti and Anne Larson
12. Sustainable landscape investment: a framework for governance of institutional investment in the forestry sector / David Brand, MaryKate Bullen and Radha Kuppalli
13. Community forestry in Liberia: progress and pitfalls / Robert O'Hagan, Alida O'Connor, John Fa and Terry Sunderland
14. Are some forestry problems too wicked? / John L. Innes and William Nikolakis.

Customer Reviews


William Nikolakis is a lawyer and a lecturer in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is the Deputy Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) Task Force, 'Resources for the Future: Transformation in Forest Use', a multidisciplinary and international network of forestry experts that evaluates forest policy and governance. His academic work is focused on natural resources governance and law, and on resolving complex problems and trade-offs in this context. Dr Nikolakis has paid particular attention to resource allocations and rights to Indigenous communities.

John L. Innes is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He teaches in the field of international forestry. Since arriving at UBC, he has worked on a range of issues associated with forest management. He is actively involved with climate change research, particularly its effects on forest ecosystems and the development of appropriate management strategies for adaptation, and in 2007 was part of the IPCC team that shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

- William Nikolakis
- John L. Innes
- Frances Seymour
- Fred Cubbage
- Erin Sills
- Arild Vatn
- Maria Nantongo
- Raymond Samndong
- Diana Alfonso-Bécares
- Esteve Corbera
- Marlène Elias
- Bimbika Sijapati Basnett
- Jennie Dey de Pryck
- Christian Nellemann
- Rune Henriksen
- Margaretha Schlingemann
- Riccardo Pravettoni
- Lauri Hetemäki
- Elias Hurmekoski
- Jeffrey Sayer
- David Kaimowitz
- Fernanda Tomaselli
- Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti
- Anne Larson
- David Brand
- MaryKate Bullen
- Radha Kuppalli
- Robert O'Hagan
- Alida O'Connor
- John Fa
- Terry Sunderland

By: William Nikolakis(Editor), John L Innes(Editor)
400 pages, 5 b/w illustrations, 9 tables
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