From union to union: forest governance in a post-soviet political system

Marius Lazdinis, Andrew D. Carver, Imantas Lazdinis, Vygandas K. Paulikas

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This paper explores policy choices made in the governance of forest resources in Lithuania during the period of 1990-2005. The present system of governance of forest resources in Lithuania is compared with a theoretical framework for good governance. In addition, the reforms in the governance model in Lithuania are placed in the context of forest governance in other countries of the region. The results of the study indicate that Lithuanian forestry has evolved from hierarchical and extreme state interventionist governance to relatively transparent and accountable governance that respects private ownership, is sensitive to the public needs and interests as well as demand and supply in the market. The results of our work have indicated that the privatization has served as the main impetus for change. On a larger scale, the reforms of the forest sector in the three Baltic States seem to have progressed in a more similar manner than compared to those in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-320
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009



  • Forest management
  • Governance
  • Institutions
  • Lithuania
  • Privatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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