Forest Law in the Palestine Mandate: Colonial Conservation in a Unique Context

Chapter 4 in MANAGING THE UNKNOWN: ESSAYS ON ENVIRONMENTAL IGNORANCE (Uwe Luebken & Frank Uekoetter, eds., Berghahn Books, 2014)

39 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2011 Last revised: 28 Feb 2015

David Schorr

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

Historians such as Richard Grove and Gregory Barton have emphasized the central place of “empire forestry” in the emergent environmentalism of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Two themes in their work are engaged in this book chapter: One, the role of forestry in the imperial environmental mind in combating climate change; the other, the relationship between state and private property in the legal management of forests. The history of Palestine forest law may lead to modification of the conventional wisdom on these issues, demonstrating how scientific and legal unknowns may channel forest policy in undesirable directions.

Keywords: forest conservation, forest law, environmental history, Palestine, Mandate Palestine, colonial conservation

JEL Classification: K11, K32, N55

Suggested Citation

Schorr, David, Forest Law in the Palestine Mandate: Colonial Conservation in a Unique Context (September 1, 2011). Chapter 4 in MANAGING THE UNKNOWN: ESSAYS ON ENVIRONMENTAL IGNORANCE (Uwe Luebken & Frank Uekoetter, eds., Berghahn Books, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1938272

David Schorr (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law ( email )

Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv 69978, IL
Israel

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