Golden Gate University Law Review


Melanie Steiner


Since Rio, a great deal of dialogue and changes in the global forest architecture have occurred, including the growth of regional criteria and indicator (C&I) processes for sustainable forest management, development of new national forest programmes in many countries, and the establishment of the new international arrangement on forests mentioned above. Commitments have been made at all levels, in the form of IPF/IFF proposals for action, adoption of a forest work programme under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and regionally through the C&I processes. Furthermore, new issues have emerged on the scene as being critical post-Rio, including illegal logging/forest law enforcement, forest fires, and the role of forests as carbon sinks with respect to climate change mitigation.