Expert Panel on International Forest Regime

The international forest regime is characterized by a large number of actors, policy instruments and institutions. Increasingly, forests are being dealt with outside the traditional forest sector and by non-state actors (as exemplified by forest certification). Furthermore, a comprehensive body of knowledge exists in political science about international regimes and global environmental governance. However, no comprehensive scientific assessment had yet been carried out about the international forest regime. Based on the assignment given by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, the GFEP assessment on the International Forest Regime aimed to fill this gap.

More specifically, the assessment aimed to contribute to

  • the international forest deliberations and international  forest-related processes such as the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (January  2011), the tenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (October 2010), and the discussion on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD);
  • the improvement of coordination among political actors, policy instruments and institutions;
  • the International Year of Forests 2011 by raising awareness about the role of international instruments and institutions affecting forests.

Find here an information note about the Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime and the status of its work.

These are the Terms of Reference of the Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime.

Members of the GFEP Editorial team; New York, September 2010

Meeting of Coordinating Lead Authors in Singapore, February 2010

Expert Panel meeting in Vienna, December 2009