Environmental Knowledge and Policy Innovation between East and West: Lessons Learned and not?

Environmental Knowledge and Policy Innovation between East and West
Lessons Learned and not?

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Conference web-page: http://west2east.pskgu.ru/

     

A conference to take stock of the transfer of expertise and policy innovation related to environmental management and governance between the European 
Union and Eastern Europe and Russia.

The conference is organised by GRASS - EU governance of natural resources: geopolitics, regions and sectors (http://grass.pskgu.ru/), together with 
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Pskov State University (Russia), and IALE Chapter in Belarus.

The latest conference updates, abstract submission and registration procedures are available from the conference web site http://west2east.pskgu.ru/

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Background and objectives

The scope of the transfer processes of expertise and policy innovation related to environmental management and governance between the European Union and Eastern Europe and Russia is broad and includes direct, and indirect interactions, as well as intentional and unintended transfers of environmental governance knowledge and innovation. For instance:

  • EU neighbourhood policies and other cooperation and partnership mechanisms (EaP, common spaces with Russia, enhanced partnership and cooperation agreements, EU association agreements etc.)
  • Multilateral environmental agreements and treaties promoted by the EU and partly based on EU policies, in particular treaties of the Council of Europe, such as the European Charter of Local Self-Government, and UNECE, such as Air, Water, Industrial Accidents, Environmental Assessment and Public Participation conventions, and others like HELCOM
  • EU-driven or supported regional cooperation initiatives and programs (for instance Euroregions and INTERREG)
  • Сross-border cooperation between neighboring countries: top-down vs. bottom-up dynamics
  • Funded programs by EU institutions such as research or capacity building like the EU framework programs, H2020, INTAS, Tempus, Erasmus+, EuropeAid, Renewable Energy/Efficiency programs, as well as individual member states or regional organisations like the Nordic Council or Visegrad Group
  • EU-supported or promoted environmental standards, certification and verification systems, organisations and monitoring systems
  • International research panels, science-policy interfaces and assessments supported by the EU, such as IPBES, IPCC, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, FAO

All these mechanisms resulted in numerous policies, national legislation, administrative arrangements, cooperation mechanisms, management guidelines and practices, as well as sets of indicators, criteria and methods for monitoring, mapping, and research in general. However, the transfer of expertise has not been balanced, and not always did the expertise and policy innovation fit the context of the areas it has been transferred to.

This conference aims at presenting a comprehensive overview of the challenges in environmental knowledge transfer between the EU and its Eastern neighbour region, and to discuss the implications for environmental management, governance, research and education in Eastern Europe and Russia. It will also reflect on how global policies on sustainable development, like the Sustainable Development Goals impact the transfers or context.

In addition to knowledge and policy transfer processes affecting the EaP region and Russia, the Conference will explore the issues of knowledge and policy transfer related to EU enragements. Central European countries that joined the EU in 2004, 2007 and 2013 are still very much in the process of transition in terms of natural resource governance, and in many instances and in many sectors they have striking similarities to the EaP and Russia. The lessons Central European countries have learned (and still learning) are, therefore, extremely important for Eastern neighbours.

Keynote speakers

  • Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Aleh Cherp, Lund University, Sweden
  • Ruben Mnatsakanian, Central European University, Hungary
  • Christine Fürst, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Olga Likhacheva, Pskov State University, Russia
  • Indra Øverland, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway
  • Malte Timpte, Institute for Biodiversity - Network e.V. (ibn)., Germany
  • Alexander Prischepov, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Kalev Sepp, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
  • Anna Sidorovich, National Academy of Sciences, Belarus
  • Alexander Sergunin, St.-Petersburg State University, Russia

Call for Papers

Paper proposals are welcome to one of the solicited sessions or to the open call, where in case of acceptance they will be allotted to one of the invited sessions or to a new one to be created based on demand. The topics of the solicited sessions are:

  1. Digital technologies in forest, nature and natural resource governance: Articulating issues and opportunities for knowledge and policy innovation (chaierd by Arts Koen, Wageningen University, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy group, the Netherlands)
  2. Governance of urban nature-based solutions: challenges and opportunities in policy, planning and practice (chaired by Attila Katona, Central European University, Hungary)
  3. Bottom-up governance in the cross-border contexts (co-chaired by Dr. Marcin Spyra, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and Dr. Anton Shkaruba, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia)
  4. Wildlife governance between East and West (chaired by Dr. Krzysztof Niedzialkowski, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  5. The European continent as a time machine for knowledge production and learning towards sustainable landscapes (co-chaired by Prof. Per K. Angelstam, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, and Prof. Mariia M. Fedoriak, Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine)
  6. Energy transitions between the West and the East (chaired by Prof. Aleh Cherp, Lund University, Sweden)
  7. Waste management transition in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia and knowledge and policy transfer from the EU (chaired by Hanna Skryhan, Belarusian-Russian University, Belarus)
  8. Land use transitions in northern Eurasia, implications for economy, environment and livelihoods (chaired by Dr. Alexander Prischepov, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Science-Policy discussion panel What can the Arctic learn from the European Union’s Resilience Strategy? (co-chaired by Prof. Alexander Sergunin, St.-Petersburg State University, Russia, Prof. Sergey Nikonorov, Moscow State University, Russia, and Prof. Ruben Mnatsakanian, Central European University, Hungary)
  10. Science-Policy discussion panel Florence Convention: mechanisms for good landscape and biodiversity governance (chaired by Prof. Kalev Sepp, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia)
  11. Science-Policy discussion panel Pan-European Experiences in International Biodiversity Governance: Implementation of and contribution to international processes such as CBD, RAMSAR and IPBES (co-chaired by Lennart Kuemper-Schlake, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany (tbc), Malte Timpte, Institute for Biodiversity - Network e.V. (ibn)., Germany, and Dr. Anna Sidorovich, National Academy of Sciences, Belarus)

Proposals with an abstract of max. 400 words can be submitted via the online submission system available here  (or from the site http://west2east.pskgu.ru/).

The call for papers is open until 01 Aptil 2019. All submissions will be reviewed by the conference organizers. The decision on acceptance will be communicated in early March 2019.

The Conference is endorsed by

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