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Regional Environmental Governance and Avenues for the Ecosystem Approach to management in the Baltic Sea Area
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. , p. 61
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Sciences, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 705
Keywords [en]
Regional Environmental Governance, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Baltic Sea, HELCOM, EU, Shipping
National Category
Environmental Sciences Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133976DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-133976ISBN: 9789176856062 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133976DiVA, id: diva2:1066027
Public defence
2017-02-17, Temcas, hus T, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2018-07-04Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. 'Environmental governance' and 'ecosystem management': avenues for synergies between two approaches
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'Environmental governance' and 'ecosystem management': avenues for synergies between two approaches
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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bucks: InderScience Publishers, 2016
Keywords
environmental governance; ecosystem management; environmental policy scale; environmental policy level; multi-stakeholder participation; science-policy interfaces; multiple stakeholders; literature review; interdisciplinary research.
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Management Human Aspects of ICT Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133973 (URN)10.1504/IER.2016.074871 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
2. The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Marine Environmental Governance: Institutional interplay in the Baltic Sea Region
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Marine Environmental Governance: Institutional interplay in the Baltic Sea Region
2017 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338, Vol. 27, no 6, p. 619-631Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the use of the ecosystem approach to management (EAM) in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Based on selected criteria for EAM, the article traces and compares the impact of EAM on HELCOM’s Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSPD). Starting from the assumption that institutional interplay determines the impact of the EAM on marine policies, the article examines how different forms of interplay (interplay through cognition, commitment and compliance) affect the spread of EAM and its implementation in the BSR. The study finds strong interplay between HELCOM’s BSAP and the EU’s MSFD. Although HELCOM is still an important player in marine governance in the BSR, since it includes Russia, taking over responsibilities for the implementation of EU legislation has repercussions and affects its independence. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017
Keywords
ecosystem approach to management, environmental governance, Baltic Sea Action Plan, EU Water Framework Directive, EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Public Administration Studies Environmental Management Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141009 (URN)10.1002/eet.1775 (DOI)000418257500008 ()
Note

EET-16-0094.R1

Funding agencies: Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies; BONUS+ programme - EU

Available from: 2017-09-20 Created: 2017-09-20 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
3. Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization
2015 (English)In: Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? / [ed] Michael Gilek and Kristine Kern, Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, p. 163-181Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham: Ashgate, 2015
Keywords
Miljövetenskapliga studier; Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133975 (URN)9781409447276 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2017-01-17Bibliographically approved

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