Green Pluralism: Lessons for Improved Environmental Governance in the 21st Century

Norichika Kanie, Peter M. Haas, Steinar Andresen, Graeme Auld, Benjamin Cashore, Pamela S. Chasek, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Stefan Renckens, Olav Schram Stokke,Casey Stevens, Stacy D. VanDeveer & Masahiko Iguchi • 02-09-2013
Green Pluralism: Lessons for Improved Environmental Governance in the 21st Century

The actors involved in environmental governance are diverse and come from different categories. With reference to case studies this article shows the lessons learned for improved environmental governance. 

Due to the evolvement and expansion of environmental problems, there is a need for a new way of governance to handle these problems. No longer only nation-states are involved in governance of environmental problems, also public, private and civil society actors are engaged in this governance. Based on several case studies an argument is made for a different type of governance. The actors should come from diverse areas. There is an important role for international organizations in managing scientific networks and linking them with intergovernmental and governmental processes. And also linking environmental issues with outside issues can lead to problem solving and cooperation. It is argued that public policy should stimulate the actor network dynamics and focus on delegating authorities to them. The Sustainable Development Goals can be a venue to trigger this change in governance.

This article was originally published in the Environment Magazine and can be accessed here.

Tags: anthropocene,civil society,Earth System Governance Project,global-level policy-making,participatory co-design,POST2015 Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015,stakeholders