Regional Environmental Governance Observatory

An initiative of the University of Geneva's Department of Geography and Environment

REG-Observatory Events

Regional Environmental Governance in East Asia and Europe (EE-REG)

Kyoto, January 24-25, 2013

In recent years, a small and growing body of research has begun to addresses regional environmental governance (REG), yet little work analyzes this trend from a comparative perspective. The interdisciplinary workshop “Comparing Regional Environmental Governance in East Asia and Europe” (EE-REG) addresses this gap through a state-of-the-art examination of corresponding developments in Europe and East Asia. Europe has a long history of transboundary environmental cooperation and regulation, but faces far-reaching economic challenges. East Asia is the world’s most economically dynamic region, but lacks an effective institutional framework for coping with pressing environmental problems. Whereas scientific research on REG in Europe is well established, it is only beginning to emerge in East Asia. The two-day EE-REG workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts on European and East Asian REG to explore the comparative dimensions of three specific REG aspects (framing the region; crafting cooperation; reverberating beyond the region) and four topical areas (rivers and seas; mountains; extreme climate events; air pollution and haze).

June 2010: Regional Environmental Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Theoretical Issues, Comparative Designs (REGov)

Geneva, June 16-18, 2010

The REGov workshop was designed to foster constructive encounters and fruitful exchange between scientists and practitioners with an active interest in the environmental dimensions of regional governance. The idea behind the workshop arose from two concerns: growing unease with mounting transaction costs of global regimes and creeping "global convention fatigue" that are producing a shift in the locus, impetus, implementation, and innovation to regional levels; and the observation that studies of regional politics are currently expanding beyond traditional preoccupations with economic integration and security cooperation. At the interface between these two concerns, important theoretical and practical questions emerge with respect to the emergence and manifestation of regions from the perspective of the environment; the evolution, desirability, effectiveness, and efficiency of regional environmental governance; relationships within, among, and beyond regions in multi-level arrangements; and the repercussions of regional environmental governance for democratic legitimacy, accountability, and transparency.