As world leaders and climate change intensify negotiations over the outlines of a future global climate change regime, there is growing recognition that actual mitigation and adaptation will have to take place much closer to home. In other environmental issue areas as well, the transaction costs of servicing global regimes, as well as a creeping “global convention fatigue,” are producing a shift in the locus of impetus, implementation, and innovation to regional levels. Compared to global approaches, initiatives with a regional focus – regions are understood here as areas that (a) include all or parts of more than one nation state and (b) serve as locus for cohesive action by various stakeholders – can benefit from enhanced commonalities in a particular environmental challenge, greater familiarity with key actors, and the ability to tailor mitigative action to a smaller than global constituency. Against this background, the objective of the proposed conference is to look “beyond Copenhagen” and assess the state of the art in regional environmental governance. Although there is a long history of scholarly work about regions in different disciplines, a recent review concluded that (a) the nature of “regions” have mostly been assumed rather than explained, (b) the substantive focus has largely been international security and economic integration, and © the dearth of comparative work has undermined progress both in theory and practice (Balsiger & VanDeveer, forthcoming). The proposed conference seeks to address these shortcomings through an explicit emphasis on an interdisciplinary dialogue, encompassing a comparative perspective as well as practical value. The goal of the conference is to lay the groundwork for a compendium on comparative regional environmental governance with contributions from internationally renowned scholars, to be published as an edited volume by a university press or in a high-impact special issue of a scientific journal.
Theme 1 : What is a region ?
Theme 2 : Regions in multi-level governance
Theme 3 : Regional economic dynamics and them environment
Theme 4 : Regional security and the environment
Theme 5 : New environmental regionalism
The REGov workshop will take place at the University of Geneva's Uni-Mail building:
Université de Genève
Uni Mail, 40 Bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1211 Genève 4
More precise information about the workshop halls will be posted soon on http://www.reg-observatory.org/venue.html.
For more details on the program, please visit: http://www.reg-observatory.org/program.html.