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Towards policy integration: experiences with intersectoral coordination in international and national forest policy


Zingerli, Claudia; Bisang, Kurt; Zimmermann, Willi (2004). Towards policy integration: experiences with intersectoral coordination in international and national forest policy. In: Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Berlin, 3 December 2004 - 4 December 2004, online.

Abstract

The concepts of policy coordination and integration are theoretically appealing but rather difficult to implement in practice. This paper reviews the emergence of the requirement of policy coordination in international and national forest policy and analyses the Swiss case of the National Forest Programme against the theoretical background of coordination, particularly intersectoral negative and positive coordination. It finds that from a procedural point of view intersectoral coordination attempts result in the opening up of the forest policy sector, formerly rather confined to itself. On a programme level, however, mixed solutions of different forms of coordination are suggested, indicating a preference for bilateral coordination among specific policy sectors. Overall, the coordination attempts in national forest policy indicate that several steps are to be taken in order to proceed towards high level decision for integrated policy strategies in environment and sustainable development.

Abstract

The concepts of policy coordination and integration are theoretically appealing but rather difficult to implement in practice. This paper reviews the emergence of the requirement of policy coordination in international and national forest policy and analyses the Swiss case of the National Forest Programme against the theoretical background of coordination, particularly intersectoral negative and positive coordination. It finds that from a procedural point of view intersectoral coordination attempts result in the opening up of the forest policy sector, formerly rather confined to itself. On a programme level, however, mixed solutions of different forms of coordination are suggested, indicating a preference for bilateral coordination among specific policy sectors. Overall, the coordination attempts in national forest policy indicate that several steps are to be taken in order to proceed towards high level decision for integrated policy strategies in environment and sustainable development.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Event End Date:4 December 2004
Deposited On:22 Mar 2013 09:22
Last Modified:17 Aug 2017 03:29
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Official URL:http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/ffu/akumwelt/bc2004/download/zingerli_bisang_zimmermann_f.pdf

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