The overall objective of GoverNat is to enable decision makers to better handle questions of multi-level environmental governance in an enlarged EU. Therefore it brings together a unique network of research institutes with SMEs, administrations and NGOs dealing with environmental governance. The partners jointly mentor the fellows, safeguard the practical relevance of their research, and ensure the appropriateness of the results and of their presentation for scientists and non-scientists outside the consortium. Theoretical and empirical elements of research will dynamically build on each other. GoverNat will systematically analyse multi-level water and biodiversity governance (such as the implementation of Water Framework Directive and Natura 2000) in several European countries in order to allow for generalisations for the governance of natural resources. We will test the methodical hypothesis that a combined use of analytical decision tools and participatory processes is particularly useful for improving multi-level environmental governance. Therefore, we evaluate the instrumental, normative, and substantive roles of participation and of analytical decision tools in decision processes. We then develop appropriate contextualisation of participatory and analytical processes in case studies and evaluate them. This contextualisation helps bridging the science/policy and public/policy gaps in multi-level environmental governance. The central training objective is to give scientists an in-depth scientific and practical training in the main aspects of European environmental governance: understanding of political processes, actors and arenas, institutional settings with their associated transaction costs, European and national legal regulations, philosophical reflections on legitimacy and good governance, and the highly important policy/science interface with the appropriate integration of results from natural and social sciences in decision processes.
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