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'Environmental governance' and 'ecosystem management': avenues for synergies between two approaches
School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, 14189, Huddinge, Swed.
Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), Flakenstraße 28-31, 15537 Erkner, Germany; Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam, August-Bebel-Straße 89, 14482 Potsdam, Germany.
School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, 701 82 Örebro, Sweden.
School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, 14189 Huddinge, Sweden..
2016 (English)In: Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, ISSN 1521-0227, E-ISSN 2042-6992, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a literature review of over 160 journal articles and books, this article examines the ecosystem management and environmental governance approaches, and looks for common topics and integrated research agendas. While scientific articles on environmental governance stem primarily from social science research, the ecosystem management approach is more natural science-oriented. A review of journal articles from the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) reveals that the two research communities hardly interact. The paper discusses two thematic linkages between the two approaches: the debates dealing with the scale and level of environmental policy; and the discussions surrounding multi-stakeholder participation. Moreover, the article identifies areas with a high potential for the establishment of common ground, such as the current discussion on science-policy interfaces. We argue for more interaction, claim that the two research approaches can learn from each other, and discuss the potential for the development of interdisciplinary research agendas.

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Bucks: InderScience Publishers, 2016. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-19
Keyword [en]
environmental governance; ecosystem management; environmental policy scale; environmental policy level; multi-stakeholder participation; science-policy interfaces; multiple stakeholders; literature review; interdisciplinary research.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Management Human Aspects of ICT Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133973DOI: 10.1504/IER.2016.074871OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133973DiVA, id: diva2:1065957
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Regional Environmental Governance and Avenues for the Ecosystem Approach to management in the Baltic Sea Area
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional Environmental Governance and Avenues for the Ecosystem Approach to management in the Baltic Sea Area
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis explores the avenues for the ecosystem approach to management in the Baltic Sea Region. This region is one of the most contaminated water bodies in the world, although the first Regional Seas Convention was created here and theregion has a long history of cooperation and environmental protection. The current environmental governance arrangements are examined with specific focuson governance structures, cross-sectoral integration and ecological boundaries.The ecosystem approach to management as both a tool and vision of holistic management of natural resources is traced through the evolution of environmental governance, as well as its manifestation in contemporary environmental policies in the region. It is found that the major EU directives, as well as HELCOM polices, promote the ecosystem approach and that its presence has increased inrecent years; it is now the major guiding principle in European marine governance. However, the governance structures impede implementation indifferent ways. The environmental problem areas in the region all require different governance arrangements, thus obstructing a holistic approach. The environmental problems per se also affect each other, necessitating far-reaching sectoral integration and cross-border cooperation, which at present is the major obstacle regarding implementation. The contemporary trends combining solid regionalisation through HELCOM with increased Europeanisation and macro regionalisation by different EU initiatives offer some promise, but the cross sectoral impediments must be resolved if the ecosystem approach is to become apractical approach and not just a policy principle.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. p. 61
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Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 705
Keyword
Regional Environmental Governance, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Baltic Sea, HELCOM, EU, Shipping
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Environmental Sciences Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Public Administration Studies
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133976 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-133976 (DOI)9789176856062 (ISBN)
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2017-02-17, Temcas, hus T, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
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