Forest and Nature Governance

A Practice Based Approach

  • Bas Arts
  • Jelle Behagel
  • Séverine van Bommel
  • Jessica de Koning
  • Esther Turnhout

Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning, Esther Turnhout
      Pages 3-21
  3. Rethinking Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Jessica de Koning, Charlotte Benneker
      Pages 49-67
  4. The Global-Local Nexus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Marjanke A. Hoogstra-Klein
      Pages 151-167
  5. Representing Nature?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Susan Boonman-Berson, Esther Turnhout
      Pages 171-191
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Jelle Behagel, Bas Arts, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning, Esther Turnhout
      Pages 243-255
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-265

About this book


Problems such as deforestation, biodiversity loss and illegal logging have provoked various policy responses that are often referred to as forest and nature governance. In its broadest interpretation, governance is about the many ways in which public and private actors from the state, market and/or civil society govern public issues at multiple scales. Examples range from the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity to national forest programmes.
In studies of forest and nature governance the dominant approaches are rational choice and neo-institutionalism. This book takes another perspective. Departing from ‘practice theory’, and building upon scholars like Giddens, Bourdieu, Reckwitz, Schatzki and Callon, it seeks to move beyond established understandings of institutions, actors, and knowledge. In so doing, the book not only presents an innovative conceptual and methodological framework for a practice based approach, but also rich case studies and ethnographies. Examples are participatory forest management in the tropics, REDD policy at global level, European water policy, forest certification and the construction of global biodiversity databases.
Taking social practices as the key unit of analysis, this book describes how different practitioners, ranging from local forest managers on the ground to policy makers at the global level, work with trees, forests, biodiversity, wildlife, and so on, and act upon forest policies, environmental discourses, codes of conduct, or scientific insights. It is also about how communities, NGOs, stakeholders, and citizens get involved in forest and nature governance.


Biodiversity Environmental policy Forestry Practice based approach Social theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Bas Arts
    • 1
  • Jelle Behagel
    • 2
  • Séverine van Bommel
    • 3
  • Jessica de Koning
    • 4
  • Esther Turnhout
    • 5
  1. 1.Research Centre, Chairgroup Forest & NatureWageningen University &WageningenNetherlands
  2. 2., Forest & Nature Cons. Policy GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands
  3. 3., Social SciencesWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands
  4. 4., Forest & Nature Con. Policy GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands
  5. 5., Forest & Nature Con. Policy GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5112-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5113-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0427
  • Series Online ISSN 1566-0427
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