Regional Environmental Governance

Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs

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Geneva, June 16-18, 2010

Workshop Outputs

The REGov workshop was designed with three complementary outputs in mind:

  • Multimedia archives
  • Thanks to the Mountain Research Intitiative, most of the workshop's presentations and discussions are available in electronic version. An innovative format allows the simultaneous playback of video recordings and presentation slides. Links to different formats of the recordings are provided below.
  • Workshop proceedings
  • A workshop report consisting of two parts is currently under preparation. The first part will contain short pieces that synthesize the theme panelists' contribution; the second part will consist of the revised papers presented in the parallel sessions. Both parts will eventually be published in electronic form on this page.
  • Information and collaboration platform
  • The internet-based platform reg-observatory.org seeks the support the community of scholars and practitioners with an interest in regional environmental governance. The platform serves as a focal point for information on projects, events, publications and other resrouces, and data.

Multimedia archives

Day 1 - June 16, 2010


Keynote addresses
  • Stacy VanDeveer (University of New Hampshire) — Regional Environmental Governance
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  • Roderick Neumann (Florida International University) — The Matter of Nature in Region
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  • Discussion - Moderator: Bernard Debarbieux (University of Geneva)
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Day 2 - June 17, 2010


Welcome and workshop organization
Theme Panel: What is a region?
  • Anssi Paasi (University of Oulou) — Regions are Social Constructs, but 'who' or 'what' constructs them? Agency in question
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  • Anthony Lehmann (University of Geneva) — Can natural science regionalization match policy agendas?
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  • John Allen (Open University, UK) — Reflections on the regional question
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  • Ronan Uhel (European Environment Agency) — Reflections on the regional question
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  • Discussion - Moderator: Juliet Fall (University of Geneva)
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Theme Panel: Environmental regions in multilevel governance
  • Ron Witt (United Nations Environment Programme) — UNEP's Approach to Integrated Environment Assessment (IEA) and Current Activities in Europe: The case of the Dinaric Arc and Balkans Environment Outlook (DABEO)
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  • Liliana Andonova (The Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Stacy VanDeveer (University of New Hampshire) — Greener Together? Regional Integration and the Environment in Central and Eastern Europe
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  • Olivier Graefe (University of Fribourg) — River basins as environmental regions
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  • Discussion - Moderator: Jörg Balsiger (ETH Zurich)
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Theme Panel: Regional security and the environment
  • Richard Matthew (University of California Irvine) — Regional Security and the Environment
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  • Saleem Ali (University of Vermont) — Ecological Stimuli in Regional Security
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  • Benedikt Korf (University of Zurich) — The imaginative geographies of climate wars
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  • Discussion - Moderator: Miriam Prys (German Institute for Global and Area Studies)
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Parallel Session A1
  • Eva Lieberherr (Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland) — Regionalization of water governance: Efficient, effective and legitimate governance of the Swiss water sector?
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  • Kristina Zumbusch (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) — Limits for successful cross-border governance of environmental and spatial development
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  • Neil Craik (University of Waterloo, Canada) — Bundled Transgovernmentalism: North American Climate Governance and the Lessons Learned from the Security and Prosperity Partnership
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  • Discussion - Moderator: Andreas Klinke (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology)
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Parallel Session B1
  • Ralf Nordbeck (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria) — Pan-European environmental cooperation: Achievements and limitations of the “Environment for Europe” process
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  • Fanny Florémont (University of Bordeaux, France) — Regional processes and environmental governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
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  • Frances Drake (University of Leeds, UK) — How is Climate Change used to Define English Regions?
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Day 3 - June 18, 2010


Theme Panel: Regional economic dynamics and the environment
  • Wilbert van Rooij (Aidenvironment) — Regional biodiversity and the impact of global trade patterns
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  • W. Scott Prudham (University of Toronto) — Double Movements: Industrial and Alternative Forestry in British Columbia, Canada
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  • Henrik Selin (Boston University) — Global Multilevel Governance: Can Regional Centers Aid the Management of Hazardous Wastes and Chemicals?
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Theme Panel: New Environmental Regionalism
  • Jörg Balsiger (ETH Zurich) — New Environmental Regionalism and Sustainable Development
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  • William Jackson (International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN) — Regionalisation in IUCN
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Theme Panel: Environmental regionalization, democracy, and civil society
  • Andreas Klinke (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) — Deliberative Democratization Across Borders
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  • Nicolas Evrard (European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas) — Environmental regionalization, democracy, and civil society: the rising concept of mountain ranges in EU policies
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Roundtable Discussion
  • Bernard Debarbieux (University of Geneva) — One common thread among others: regions, rhetoric and epistemology
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  • Jörg Balsiger (ETH Zurich)
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  • Greg Greenwood (Mountain Research Initiative)
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  • Discussion - Moderators: Bernard Debarbieux (University of Geneva) and Jörg Balsiger (ETH Zurich)
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Workshop Proceedings

The workshop proceedings have been published as Vol 14 of Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences and are available are available here.





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