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Chapter 2. Framework of the voluntary guidelines

This section places the guidelines in an international context and describes links with national and subnational stakeholders.

2.1 International context

Nothing in these voluntary guidelines prejudices the rights, jurisdiction and duties of governments under international agreements or their sovereign rights over their forest resources.

International, legally binding instruments that directly impact planted forest investments and management, in chronological order:

International, non-binding agreements that directly impact planted forest investments and management, in chronological order:

Many governments have already commited to these international agreements and conventions. More details on international commitments, processes, milestones and recommended readings are listed in Annex 4.

2.2 National and subnational contexts

Incorporation of these voluntary guidelines into national and subnational policies, laws and regulations and into strategic and management plans will help improve enabling conditions. It will also enhance the capacity and capability of policy-makers and planners in national and local governments and of decision-makers, investors and managers in planted forest management.

Although the principles and guidelines are voluntary and non-binding, stakeholders will be encouraged to adopt and abide by them in order to improve the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development, integrated landscape approaches and the engagement of local communities in planning and management where appropriate. The guidelines may also be used to revise existing national or subnational guides, codes of practice and other forest systems that apply to planted forests.

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