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The politics of scale in global governance: Do more stringent international forest certification standards protect local rights in Russia?

Tysiachniouk, Maria and McDermott, Constance L. and Kulyasova, Antonina A and Teitelbaum, Sara and Elbakidze, Marine (2021). The politics of scale in global governance: Do more stringent international forest certification standards protect local rights in Russia? Forest Policy and Economics. 125 , 102407
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Abstract

This paper interrogates how the increasing stringency of international rules on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), as reflected in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’s certification standards, is shaping the rights afforded indigenous and local communities in Russia. Viewing the FSC as a ‘global governance generating network’ (GGN) that gains rule-making authority through diverse ‘forums of negotiation’ at multiple scales, we examine how international rules are negotiated and re-configured regarding 1) the ‘scope’ of requirements – who is included or excluded from FPIC and 2) ‘prescriptiveness' – the level and specificity of the rights afforded to FPIC holders.
We find that Russian stakeholders perceive the increasing prescriptiveness of FSC's global FPIC policies as disrupting their existing norms of negotiated compromise, and originating from well-defined and politically influential indigenous populations elsewhere in the world. This has spurred intense debate on the scope of who should qualify for FPIC in Russia. While FSC-Russia's Social Chamber members have used formal standard-setting processes to negotiate for the increased stringency and scope of some FPIC requirements, industry-backed forums have inserted numerous exceptions, and drawn on external expertise and legal counsel to further restrict who counts as an FPIC rights-holder. These ongoing contestations highlight the risk that prescriptive international standards protecting local rights may narrow the scope of whose rights matter in their local implementation.

Authors/Creators:Tysiachniouk, Maria and McDermott, Constance L. and Kulyasova, Antonina A and Teitelbaum, Sara and Elbakidze, Marine
Title:The politics of scale in global governance: Do more stringent international forest certification standards protect local rights in Russia?
Series Name/Journal:Forest Policy and Economics
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:125
Article number:102407
Number of Pages:9
ISSN:1389-9341
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 505 Law > Law and Society
Keywords:Forest stewardship council, FSC standard, Free prior and informed consent, Economic social and environmental chambers, Indigenous peoples rights, Boreal forest, Local community, Russia, Forest management, Public participation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111233
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111233
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DOI10.1016/j.forpol.2021.102407
Web of Science (WoS)000623402900008
ID Code:23709
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:19 May 2021 08:43
Metadata Last Modified:19 May 2021 08:51

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