environment; regionalism; Europe; globalization; governance; Bioregionalism
Debarbieux Bernard (2012), How regional is Regional Environmental Governance ?, in Global Environmental Politics
, 12(3), 119-126.
Fall Juliet (2011), Natural resources and transnational governance, in Doris Wastl-Water (ed.), Ashgate, Aldershot, 627-642.
Debarbieux Bernard and Balsiger Jörg (2011), Regional Environmental Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs, in Regional Environmental Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative D
Bernard Debarbieux Gilles Rudaz (2010), Les faiseurs de montagne
Isabelle Mauz Bernard Debarbieux et Céline Granjou, Cosmopolitization in action. The case of biodiversity professionals, in Global Networks
Bernard Debarbieux - Martin Price, Mountain regions: a global common good ?, in Mountain Research and Development
Gaberell Simon, Scaling the Carpathians: How international organizations are institutionalizing an environmental region, in Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
Gilles Rudaz, The Cause of Mountains: The Politics of Promoting a Global Agenda, in Global Environment Politics
Djordjevic Dusan, The rise of International Agreements on Mountain Regions in South East Europe, in Mountain Research and Development
This project relates to the study of the issues and modalities of the re-territorialization of environmental initiatives within the contemporary context of globalization. It builds on the contention that, in this field as in others, globalization does not imply that actions at the national, regional and local scales have become any less pertinent. On the contrary, the globalisation of environmental issues is characterized not only by the appearance of representations of environmental problems, by initiatives and interaction, at the global level; it is also marked by a concomitant institutionalization of the local and regional scales, insofar as the relevance and the legitimacy of the phenomena observed at these levels and the combinations of initiatives relating to them are based on a similar, global awareness of problems and actions. The project therefore focuses on the double process of the globalization and the re-territorialization of environmental initiatives. Specifically, it focuses on what is taking place in Central and South-Eastern Europe - from the Alps to the Balkans - where a number of mountain regions and river basins have been proposed as entities representing an appropriate scale for environmental initiatives. In particular, it deals with that is happening within the networks of various players who operate on these levels; it examines what arguments they put forward to justify working within these geographical entities; and it critically explores the efforts made to promote the latter as appropriate spaces for regional governance.The research will combine a regional approach (built around river basins and mountain areas) within which regional configurations of actors operate, with a focus on the actors themselves. It will do this by examining the discursive and figurative representations that these actors draw on. Three of these, organized and active on a global level (The World Conservation Union IUCN, The World Wildlife Fund WWF and The United Nations Environment Programme UNEP) reflect different types of supra-national or trans-national structures. These will be analyzed in depth, insofar as they articulate and perform the relation between global and regional scales in specific ways within their respective understanding of environmental problems and solutions.Interdisciplarity: This project will bring together geographers, sociologists and political scientists. Environmental issues, on one hand, and the suitability of the spatial entities through which social and institutional issues have been addressed, on the other, have frequently been objects of study within these three disciplines. The ways in which the problems have been framed and conceptualized, however, and the means used to describe and analyse them have differed significantly. While this has offered useful insights into various separate aspects of the issue, it has not allowed for a comprehensive understanding of how spatial entities are constructed, justified and institutionalised. The project focuses on this integrative aspect of spatial entities, using an explicitly interdisciplinary approach.