A framework for a new forest decision-making Governance Model

The dissatisfaction with the current forest management decision-making system has been actively discussed for over two decades, commonly in the form of tenure reform and more local/community control.  These are not of interest to the key governing bodies (Government & industry) and consequently, discounted.  A Governance model-a conceptual framework is presented as a more acceptable option within the existing system.

Local Governments CAN influence forest land management decision-making through both their mandates and access to existing instruments as the “keeper of the social license.”  A mechanism for meaningful engagement on a continuous basis within the community and with decision-makers is essential for sustainable influence.