Multi-level governance of forest resources by Andrew Wardell

Date: 18 February 2015

Venue: Stadscampus, Klooster van de Grauwzusters, Room S004 - Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 ANTWERPEN

Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Organization / co-organization: IOB

Short description: A major challenge for many researchers and practitioners relates to how to recognize and address cross-scale dynamics in space and over time in order to design and implement effective governance arrangements. This lecture will provide an overview of the concept and complexities of the multi-level governance of forest resources.

Multi-level governance of forest resources

Dr. D. Andrew Wardell, CIFOR, Research Capacity and Partnership Development, c/o CIRAD, Montpellier

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A major challenge for many researchers and practitioners relates to how to recognize and address cross-scale dynamics in space and over time in order to design and implement effective governance arrangements. This lecture will provide an overview of the concept and complexities of the multi-level governance of forest resources. In particular it will highlight definitional issues, why the concept matters as well as more practical concerns related to the processes and structure of multi-level governance. It is increasingly clear that multi-level governance of forest resources involves complex interactions of state, private and civil society actors at various levels, and institutions linking higher levels of social and political organization. Local communities are increasingly connected to global networks and influences. The number of non-state actors behaving like states has grown. This creates  new opportunities to learn and address problems but may also introduce new pressures and risks. There is need for a much more complex approach to the varieties of MLG to better understand how policies work as instruments of governance and to organize communities within systems of power and authority.

Selected references

  • Agrawal, A., 2007. Forests, governance and sustainability: Common Property Theory and its contributions. International Journal of the Commons Vol. 1, No.1: 111-136
  • Armitage, D., 2008. Governance and the commons in a multi-level world. International Journal of the Commons Vol. 2, No.1: 7-32
  • Mwangi, E. and Wardell, D.A., 2012 and 2013. Multi-level governance of forest resources. International Journal of the Commons (Special Issue) Part 1: Vol 6, No. 2: 79-103 and Part 2: Vol. 7, No.

available at

http://www.thecommonsjournal.org/index.php/ijc/issue/view/22     and http://www.thecommonsjournal.org/index.php/ijc/issue/view/24 respectively