Washington Law Review


Deforestation poses severe environmental problems for temperate and tropical regions world-wide. An international forest agreement is necessary to protect these forests. Previous international environmental agreements provide, at best, limited protection for endangered natural resources. To conserve the world's forests, an effective forest agreement must recognize the economic value of forest ecosystems. This forest agreement should define a twofold rule of responsibility: that states have a duty to protect forests located within their borders, and that other states that benefit from forests have a legal obligation to share in conservation costs.

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