Forest Governance

Forest GovernanceThe Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston is collaborating with the Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative at Yale University on a project about forest governance. The project, lead by Professor Benjamin Cashore from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, involves the Center’s research assistant Gabriela Bueno, and Master’s student from Yale, Celine Lim.

The project, housed under the Program on Forest Policy and Governance at GEM, explores general trends in Brazilian law and forest policy, and the positive and negative aspects of legality verification in reinforcing “good forest governance” and in fostering changes in domestic law. The idea is to study not only to what extent international institutions may influence Brazilian domestic policy, but also how they might reinforce current environmental law and policy.

The project, which started in Fall 2013 and ends in Fall 2014, is funded by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), and includes research papers and policy briefs, as well as dissemination and communication strategies, targeting both international and Brazilian actors. In July 2013, Gabriela Bueno and Benjamin Cashore presented a paper on the same topic at the 3rd IUFRO International Forest GovernanceTask Force Meeting in Costa Rica.

For questions and inquiries, please contact the Project Manager Gabriela Bueno at