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GLO-RETE: Globalization and re-territorialization of environmental initiatives in Central Europe : stakeholders, narratives, images

Applicant Debarbieux Bernard
Number 125414
Funding scheme Interdisciplinary projects
Research institution Département de géographie et environnement Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.09.2009 - 30.11.2012
Approved amount 406'127.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Social geography and ecology
Sociology
Political science

Keywords (6)

environment; regionalism; Europe; globalization; governance; Bioregionalism

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Lay summary
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 globalization 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 of concomitant institutionalization by 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 - form 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 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 actor 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 UICN, The World Wildlife Fund WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP) reflect different types of supra-national and 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.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
How regional is Regional Environmental Governance ?
Debarbieux Bernard (2012), How regional is Regional Environmental Governance ?, in Global Environmental Politics, 12(3), 119-126.
Natural resources and transnational governance
Fall Juliet (2011), Natural resources and transnational governance, in Doris Wastl-Water (ed.), Ashgate, Aldershot, 627-642.
Regional Environmental Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs
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, Elsevier.
Les faiseurs de montagne
Bernard Debarbieux Gilles Rudaz (2010), Les faiseurs de montagne.
Cosmopolitization in action. The case of biodiversity professionals
Isabelle Mauz Bernard Debarbieux et Céline Granjou, Cosmopolitization in action. The case of biodiversity professionals, in Global Networks, 2013.
Mountain regions: a global common good ?
Bernard Debarbieux - Martin Price, Mountain regions: a global common good ?, in Mountain Research and Development.
Scaling the Carpathians: How international organizations are institutionalizing an environmental region
Gaberell Simon, Scaling the Carpathians: How international organizations are institutionalizing an environmental region, in Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.
The Cause of Mountains: The Politics of Promoting a Global Agenda
Gilles Rudaz, The Cause of Mountains: The Politics of Promoting a Global Agenda, in Global Environment Politics, 2012.
The rise of International Agreements on Mountain Regions in South East Europe
Djordjevic Dusan, The rise of International Agreements on Mountain Regions in South East Europe, in Mountain Research and Development.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
UNEP-DEWA-GRID Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Center for Development and Environment Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
UNEP GRID Warsaw Poland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Environnement et Territoire 08.12.2012 Tours, France
Measuring Progress in a post-Rio+20 World 29.11.2012 Genève, Suisse
"Mountain Resources and Their Response" 05.07.2012 Ankara, Turquie
Forum Carpaticum 2012 29.05.2012 Stara Lesna Slovaquie
Annual Congress of American Geographers 24.04.2012 New York, USA
Planet under Pressure (Londres, UK, avril 2012). 26.03.2012 Londres, UK
Lucerne World Mountain Conference 11.10.2011 Lucerne, Suisse
Hautes Terres / Basses Terres 18.08.2011 Monte Verita (Ticino)
Global Change Research in Mountain Regions 02.04.2011 Vienna (Austria)
Global Change and the World's Mountains 26.09.2010 Perth (UK)
Networking Conference of the South Eastern European Mountain Research Network 26.08.2010 Timisoara, Roumanie


Self-organised

Title Date Place
• Regional Environmental Governance : Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs 16.06.2010 Genève, Suisse

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Carpathian Unite 29.09.2012 Zakopane, Pologne
Renewing the Alps - Alpweek 2012 05.08.2012 Poschiavo, Suisse
Third Conference of the Parties, Carpathian Convention 25.05.2011 Bratislava, Slovaquie
First Dinaric Ministerial Conference 09.03.2011 Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia
XIe Conférence Alpine et Première Conférence de l’Arc Dinarique 07.03.2011 Brdo, Slovenie
Consultative Workshop « Moving towards a Carpathian Strategy » 25.01.2011 Bruxelles
3rd meeting of the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee (CCIC) 17.01.2011 Vienne, Autriche


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Sustainable Mountain Development. Green Economy and Institutions German-speaking Switzerland 10.01.2013
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Sustainable Mountain Development in the Alps: from Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and beyond German-speaking Switzerland 14.01.2011
Media relations: print media, online media L’environnement au cœur des recompositions territoriales en Europe centrale Le Temps Western Switzerland 21.05.2010

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
137989 European Regional Mountain Initiatives (ERMI): From Pyrenees to Caucasus 01.01.2012 Interdisciplinary projects
149536 EU-gems: Gouvernance de l'Environnement et Macro-régions en Europe 01.01.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

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.
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