Regional Environmental Governance

Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs


Geneva, June 16-18, 2010

Workshop Program

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Day 1 - June 16, 2010

(Find the program for the COST panel discussion here)
18:00 Welcome note, University of Geneva
18:15 Keynote addresses
  Stacy Vandeveer, University of New Hampshire
  Roderick Neumann, Florida International University
19:30 Reception

Day 2 - June 17, 2010

08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome, workshop organization
08:45 – 10:15 Theme Panel: What is a region?
Panel moderation: Juliet Fall, University of Geneva
  Anssi Paasi, University of Oulou
  Anthony Lehmann, University of Geneva
  John Allen, Open University (UK)
  Ronan Uhel, European Environment Agency
10:15 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Theme Panel: Environmental regions in multilevel governance
Panel moderation: Jörg Balsiger, ETH Zurich
  Ron Witt, United Nations Environment Programme
  Liliana Andonova, The Graduate Institute, and Stacy VanDeveer, University of New Hampshire
  Olivier Graefe, University of Fribourg
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Theme Panel: Regional security and the environment
Panel moderation: Miriam Prys, German Institute for Global and Area Studies
  Richard Matthew, University of California Irvine
  Saleem H. Ali, University of Vermont
  Benedikt Korf, University of Zurich
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:45 Parallel Session A
  Panel A1
  Panel moderation: Andreas Klinke, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Eva Lieberherr, Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland — Regionalization of water governance: Efficient, effective and legitimate governance of the Swiss water sector?
Ieva Kapaciauskaite, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania — Environmental governance in the Baltic Sea Region and the role of non-governmental actors
Kristina Zumbusch and Roland Scherer, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland — Limits for successful cross-border governance of environmental and spatial development
  Panel A2
  Panel moderation: Juliet Fall, University of Geneva
Jon Marco Church, Harvard University, USA — The Ideology of Environmental Regionalism under the Test of the Alpine Convention, with comparative reflections from the Andes
Cristina Del Biaggio, University of Geneva, Switzerland — Bridging national boundaries: How networks of local actors are building the Alpine region
Sundar Kumar Sharma, Kathmandu University, Nepal — Political Economy of Climate Change Governance in Himalayan Region of Asia: A Case study of Nepal. An Analytical discourse of Regional Environmental Governance
Stefan Marzelli, Institute for Environmental Planning, Landscape Management and Nature Conservation, Germany — How to find suitable instruments supporting sustainable regional development?
Neil Craik, University of Waterloo, Canada — Bundled Transgovernmentalism: North American Climate Governance and the Lessons Learned from the Security and Prosperity Partnership
16:45 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:45 Parallel Session B
  Panel B1
  Panel moderation: Miriam Prys, German Institute for Global and Area Studies
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
Inga Jacobs, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Pretoria, South Africa — A Community of Interest, is there such a thing? Constructing a multi-level normative framework for water governance in the Orange Senqu Basin and poilcy implications for the SADC region
Isabelle Lamaud and Fanny Florémont, University of Bordeaux, France — Regional processes and environmental governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
  Panel B2
  Panel moderation: Liliana Andonova, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Jörn Harfst and Peter Wirth, Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, Germany — Structural change in former mining regions: Raising capacities in multi-level governance systems
Marco Pütz, Federal Institute of Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research, Switzerland — Power, Scale and Ikea: Analysing urban sprawl and land use planning in the metropolitan region of Munich, Germany
Frances Drake, University of Leeds, UK — How is Climate Change used to Define English Regions?
Norman Backhaus, University of Zurich, Switzerland — Landscapes, spatial totalities or special regions?
20:00 Workshop dinner at Brasserie des Halles de l'Île

Day 3 - June 18, 2010

08:30 – 10:00 Theme Panel: Regional economic dynamics and the environment
Panel moderation: Andreas Klinke, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
  Wilbert van Rooij, Aidenvironment
  W. Scott Prudham, University of Toronto
  Henrik Selin, Boston University
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Theme Panel: New environmental regionalism
Panel moderation: Bernard Debarbieux, University of Geneva
  Jörg Balsiger, ETH Zurich
  Frédéric Giraut, University of Geneva
  William Jackson, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Theme Panel: Environmental regionalization, democracy, and civil society
Panel moderation: Stacy VanDeveer, University of New Hampshire
  Andreas Klinke, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
  Lorraine Elliott, Australian National University, Australia
  Nicolas Evrard, European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Roundtable Discussion
  Greg Greenwood, Mountain Research Ininiative
  Bernard Debarbieux, University of Geneva
  Jörg Balsiger, ETH Zurich
16:30 – 17:00 Workshop Follow-up
17:00 Workshop Closing

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