Seeing the global forest for the trees: How US federalism can coexist with global governance of forests


Journal Article

Both international forest and climate negotiations have failed to produce a legally binding treaty that addresses forest management activities—either comprehensively or more narrowly through carbon capture– due, in part, to lack of US leadership. Though US cooperation is crucial for facilitating both forest and climate negotiations, the role of federalism in constraining these trends has been given scant attention. We argue that, as embodied in the US Constitution, federalism complicates the US's role in creating any legally binding treaty that directly regulates land uses (e.g. forest management). Because federalism reserves primary land use regulatory authority for state governments, voluntary, market-based mechanisms, like REDD and forest certification, should be included within any binding treaty aimed at forest management, in order to facilitate US participation. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hudson, B; Weinthal, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 353 - 365

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-0467

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1939-0459

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/19390450903134653

Citation Source

  • Scopus