Climate Futures

Climate Futures

October 11th 2010


Speaker: Patricia Blazey
Where: Building E6A Room 133
Time: 1.00-2.00pm
Audience: Academics and Students

Abstract: The introduction of an international regulatory framework to stop current levels of deforestation in order to protect existing world forests, their biodiversity and the fostering of carbon sinks would be a major achievement for the United Nations in 2011 when the ‘Year of the Forest’ takes place.

In order to succeed however, institutional frameworks need to be in place not only at the international level but also in individual countries. As most major forest areas and in particular rain forests are located in developing countries with little or no infrastructure to implement and support such agreements, this is a major challenge under current socio-economic and political conditions.

This seminar examines possible regulatory frameworks that could effectively lower deforestation levels in conjunction with initiatives by rich nations and non government organisations and corporations that provide finance for the sustainable management of vital forest areas. The talk also examines the feasibility of protecting forest areas by listing them as World Heritage Areas and the need for ongoing sustainable forest management.

Bio: Patricia Blazey is a senior lecturer in the Department of Business Law. She is admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in NSW, ACT and the High Court of Australia. She is admitted as a Solicitor in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  She has had extensive practice in the area of commercial and criminal law in both Australia and the United Kingdom.  Her research interests are deforestation and its link to climate change and Chinese Commercial Law and European Commercial Law with a special interest in environmental law as it relates to climate change.  She is currently on the way to completing her PhD on ‘The Problems of Introducing an International Legal Framework that addresses Deforestation’. This thesis has a particular focus on rainforests and has a case study on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Queensland. She has published extensively in both her research areas.

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