The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement: A Revolutionary Partnership for Sustainable Development
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The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) had two primary purposes: (1) to protect Canada’s boreal forest from harmful logging practices; and (2) to improve and protect the reputation of Canada’s forest industry and companies. But the CBFA’s ambitious plans overlooked the fundamental challenges associated with the agreement’s implementation. Two years after its signing, the agreement suffers from a severe lack of funding, the withdrawal of one signatory and major hurdles at the regional working group level. The CBFA’s secretariat needs to develop a plan of action to realize the full potential of the agreement but faces numerous issues in terms of implementation: (1) the CBFA’s exclusion of First Nations communities; (2) funding issues; (3) disagreement at the local regional levels and among some signatories; (4) slow pace of implementation and (5) limited concrete signs of success thus far.
- To understand the factors that precipitate a multi-stakeholder agreement and drive its formulation and its eventual ratification.
- To understand the ways in which opposing parties can undertake effective negotiation to reach a mutually desirable endpoint and to realize the impact of various types of individuals on the success of a collective.
- To recognize the relationship between formulating multi-stakeholder agreements and implementing them, to understand the importance of considering implementation during the formulation of the agreement and to understand the role of the agreement formation process in determining success in implementation.
- To understand the key success factors and challenges of the agreement’s formation and compare these with the key challenges of the agreement’s implementation.
- To develop a strategy to ensure the success of the CBFA.
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