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Multi-level governance of natural resources: Tools and processes for water and biodiversity governance in Europe

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-MOBILITY-1
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Coordinator

UFZ - UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH.
Address
Permoser Strasse 15
Leipzig
Germany

Participants (9)

DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER.
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
Roskilde
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.
Portugal
Address
Campus De Caparica, Quinta Da Torre
Caparica
INSTITUT PRO STRUKTURALNI POLITIKU
Slovakia
Address
Csl. Parasutistov 21
Bratislava
INSTITUTE FOR FORECASTING SLOVAK ACADEMY SCIENCES
Slovakia
Address
Sancova 56
Bratislava
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg University House
Lancaster
SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Pater Karoly Utca 1
Godollo
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus Uab
Bellaterra (Cerdanyola Del Valles)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds