July 2006: Symposium Edited Book Released!

Post-Symposium Update

The Yale Program on Forest Certification, in cooperation with university and practitioner partners, recently hosted a collaborative symposium exploring the social, ecological, and economic effects of forest certification in developing and transitioning societies. The event took place at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut on June 10-11, 2004.

Over 100 experts from 36 countries attended to hear results from 16 country-level case studies from four regions (Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa), followed by an analysis by two commentators and an open discussion. The event drew a diverse group including practitioners, donor agency representatives, NGOs, the academic community, and the private sector. The presentations provided a unique opportunity to compare the forest certification experiences of different countries and regions and identify areas for further research.

To complement case-study presentations, the Washington DC-based NGO, Forests Trends, organized a panel on crosscutting themes that discussed local land rights, traditional land use, local economies, and governance.

Following the Symposium, the case study researchers, editors, and commentators participated in a two-day workshop to revise the case studies and incorporate comments received throughout the Symposium. A book presenting the case studies as well as regional and overarching themes will be published by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Press within a few months.

The Symposium and Workshop were even more successful than we had hoped in large part due to the outstanding work and enthusiasm of all the case-study researchers, commentators, and other participants. We would like to thank all of them for their contributions.

In an effort to continue the energy and progress initiated at the symposium, this website will provide updates on networks, projects, and publications related to the symposium, for as long as funding allows. See our UPDATES page for symposium materials and updates currently available.


Yale Program on Forest Certification
(sponsor and partner)
University of Tasmania, Australia
State University of New York at Buffalo
The Rainforest Alliance
(sponsor and partner)

  GTZ International Tropical
Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
Forest Trends
South Cone Trading Company
Yale University Council on Southeast Asia Studies (SEAS)

photos one and three courtesy of Rainforest Alliance