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Title: Legal protection of forests in the European Community : towards enhancing climate change mitigation
Author: Vogiatzis, Panteleimon
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis will investigate how law can assist in promoting the use of forestry as part of a climate change mitigation strategy. Forestry can contribute towards climate change mitigation through sequestration of carbon dioxide at intensified rates, thereby acting as a carbon sink. An analysis of the international law and policy demonstrates that there is global concern but very few concrete obligations. The focal points are the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol has legal effect, particularly in relation to reductions in greenhouse emissions, but it is vague as to the role of land use and forestry. Although international law and policy can provide guidelines as to the result to be achieved, direct regulation of human behaviour must be placed as a priority at national level. The EC is an ideal example on how this could be achieved. It has extensive experience of environmental law and policy, particularly in the case of conservation. A Community legal regime on forestry could be designed on the basis of the legal experience acquired from the Wild Birds and Habitats Directives. A legal regime on forestry once drafted and adopted, would be able to be a useful legal tool for providing an improved legislative environment on forestry with the principal objective of enhancing forest sinks as a remediation tool to alleviate the effects of climate change. Keywords: UN Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol, forest-based carbon sinks, forest management, conservation, protection, environmental law, Wild Birds Directive, Habitats Directive., EC law and policy, Community legal regime on forestry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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