Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali

Italian Academy of Forest Sciences

Buttoud G. – Towards a “better” governance of the forest sector in the perspective of a global bio-economy: 5 lessons learnt from theory and practice

doi 10.4129/2cis-gb-tow

Citation/Citazione
Buttoud G., 2015 – Towards a “better” governance of the forest sector in the perspective of a global bio-economy: 5 lessons learnt from theory and practice . In: Proceedings of the Second International Congress of Silviculture. Designing the future of the forestry sector. Florence, 26.29 November,  2014. Firenze: Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali. Vol. 2, p. 619-622. ISBN 978-88-87553-21-5. http://dx.doi.org/10.4129/2cis-gb-tow

Title: Towards a “better” governance of the forest sector in the perspective of a global bio-economy: 5 lessons learnt from theory and practice
Titolo: Per una “migliore” governance del settore forestale

Summary: After a brief presentation of the policy and scientific debate on the concept of governance as applied to the forestry sector, the paper focuses on 5 statements: (1) the transition from conventional forms of government to new modes of governance is a very progressive process, and never a complete change; (2) the integration of the stakeholders and the public in decision-making processes still provides the main characteristic of governance systems as they presently work; (3) curiously, searching for“good” governance usually leads to a clear re-consideration of the importance of the traditional role of the State, which was never considered as an initial objective; (4) monitoring governance requires specific assessment framework for follow-up; (5) governance does not necessarily lead to sustainability (and vice-versa). Considering that both forest and forestry form a social-ecological system, the presentation calls for re-defining forest action as a process for adapting the objective of sustainability to the context of global change.

Riassunto: Dopo una breve presentazione del concetto di governance applicato al settore forestale, il documento si concentra su 5 aspetti: (1) il passaggio da forme convenzionali di governance a nuove modalità è un processo molto graduale; (2) l’integrazione dei soggetti interessati e del pubblico ai processi decisionali fornisce ancora la caratteristica principale dei sistemi di governance; (3) la riconsiderazione dell’importanza del ruolo tradizionale dello Stato; (4) il monitoraggio della governance richiede un quadro di valutazione specifica per il follow-up; (5) la governance non porta necessariamente alla sostenibilità (e viceversa).

Keywords: forest governance, global bio-economy.
Parole chiave: governance forestale, bioeconomia globale.

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