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Kern, K. & Söderström, S. (2018). The ecosystem approach to management in the Baltic Sea Region: Analyzing regional environmental governance from a spatial perspective. Marine Policy, 98, 271-277
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The ecosystem approach to management in the Baltic Sea Region: Analyzing regional environmental governance from a spatial perspective
2018 (English)In: Marine Policy, ISSN 0308-597X, E-ISSN 1872-9460, Vol. 98, p. 271-277Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ecosystem approach to management (EAM) is a policy principle and management tool of increasing importance in European environmental governance. In the Baltic Sea region (BSR), this approach has developed in line with a progressive environmental management agenda, reaching from hot spot solutions to new holistic agendas. This paper examines the spatial dimensions of the EAM in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The analysis is based on an analytical framework which combines regional environmental governance with debates on socio-spatial relations. It is found that the development, implementation, and spread of EAM corresponds with changing socio-spatial relations. Reterritorialisation of both institutional arrangements and policies is needed to solve cross-boundary problems. Place-making such as hot spots and pilot projects (e.g., in maritime spatial planning) are first steps towards the upscaling of local experiments and re-scaling of policies is also needed for the implementation of EAM in a macroregional multi-level setting, stretching from the EU to the local level. Analyzing regional environmental governance from a spatial perspective reveals institutional ambiguities and even institutional voids because the successful implementation of EAM requires new institutional arrangements.

National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36690 (URN)10.1016/j.marpol.2018.09.023 (DOI)000454467100032 ()2-s2.0-85055293731 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-11-01 Created: 2018-11-01 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved
Söderström, S. (2017). Regional Environmental Governance and Avenues for the Ecosystem Approach to management in the Baltic Sea Area. (Doctoral dissertation). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional Environmental Governance and Avenues for the Ecosystem Approach to management in the Baltic Sea Area
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the avenues for the ecosystem approach to management in the Baltic Sea Region. This region is one of the most contaminated water bodies in the world, although the first Regional Seas Convention was created here and theregion has a long history of cooperation and environmental protection. The current environmental governance arrangements are examined with specific focuson governance structures, cross-sectoral integration and ecological boundaries.The ecosystem approach to management as both a tool and vision of holistic management of natural resources is traced through the evolution of environmental governance, as well as its manifestation in contemporary environmental policies in the region. It is found that the major EU directives, as well as HELCOM polices, promote the ecosystem approach and that its presence has increased inrecent years; it is now the major guiding principle in European marine governance. However, the governance structures impede implementation indifferent ways. The environmental problem areas in the region all require different governance arrangements, thus obstructing a holistic approach. The environmental problems per se also affect each other, necessitating far-reaching sectoral integration and cross-border cooperation, which at present is the major obstacle regarding implementation. The contemporary trends combining solid regionalisation through HELCOM with increased Europeanisation and macro regionalisation by different EU initiatives offer some promise, but the cross sectoral impediments must be resolved if the ecosystem approach is to become apractical approach and not just a policy principle.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. p. 61
Keywords
Regional Environmental Governance, Ecosystem Approach to Management, Baltic Sea, HELCOM, EU, Shipping
National Category
Environmental Sciences Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Public Administration Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32150 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-133976 (DOI)9789176856062 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-02-17, Temcas, hus T, Campus Valla, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 217246
Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
Söderström, S. & Kern, K. (2017). The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Marine Environmental Governance: Institutional Interplay in the Baltic Sea Region. Environmental Policy and Governance, 27(6), 619-631
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Ecosystem Approach to Management in Marine Environmental Governance: Institutional Interplay in the Baltic Sea Region
2017 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338, Vol. 27, no 6, p. 619-631Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
ecosystem approach to management; environmental governance; Baltic Sea Action Plan; EU Water Framework Directive; EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive; EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32154 (URN)10.1002/eet.1775 (DOI)000418257500008 ()2-s2.0-85038228311 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesBONUS - Science for a better future of the Baltic Sea region
Note

Som manuskript i avhandling. As manuscript in dissertation.

Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2018-07-20Bibliographically approved
Söderström, S., Kern, K., Boström, M. & Gilek, M. (2016). ‘Environmental Governance’ and ‘Ecosystem Management’: Avenues for Synergies between Two Approaches. Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 17(1), 1-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Environmental Governance’ and ‘Ecosystem Management’: Avenues for Synergies between Two Approaches
2016 (English)In: Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, ISSN 1521-0227, E-ISSN 2042-6992, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a literature review of over 160 journal articles and books, this paper examines the ecosystem management and environmental governance approaches, and looks for common topics and integrated research agendas. While scientific articles on environmental governance stem primarily from social science research, the ecosystem management approach is more natural-science-oriented. A review of journal articles from the ISI Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) reveals that the two research communities hardly interact. The paper discusses two thematic linkages between the two approaches: the debates dealing with the scale and level of environmental policy; and the discussions surrounding multi-stakeholder participation. Moreover, the article identifies areas with a high potential for the establishment of common ground, such as the current discussion on science-policy interfaces. We argue for more interaction, claim that the two research approaches can learn from each other, and discuss the potential for the development of interdisciplinary research agendas

Keywords
environmental governance; ecosystem management; scale; level; multi-stakeholder participation; science-policy interface
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29629 (URN)10.1504/IER.2016.074871 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Jönsson, A.-M., Boström, M., Dreyer, M. & Söderström, S. (2016). Risk Communication and the Role of the Public: Towards Inclusive Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea? (1ed.). In: Michael Gilek Mikael Karlsson Sebastian Linke Katarzyna Smolarz (Ed.), Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea: (pp. 205-227). Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Risk Communication and the Role of the Public: Towards Inclusive Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea?
2016 (English)In: Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea / [ed] Michael Gilek Mikael Karlsson Sebastian Linke Katarzyna Smolarz, Springer, 2016, 1, p. 205-227Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on forms of and challenges for risk communication within regional environmental governance, based on an analysis of five environmental risks in the Baltic Sea – marine oil transportation, chemicals, overfishing, eutrophication and alien species. We address questions about how risks are framed and communicated and also analyse the role of communication in the governance process. Our main focus is on risk communication with the public (e.g. existing institutional arrangements and procedures of risk communication), but we also relate this analysis to discussions on communication with a broad range of actors and issues of stakeholder participation and communication. In the study we have identified some examples of relatively well-working risk communication with parts of the organised public in the Baltic Sea region (BSR), such as in fisheries or eutrophication, but also a number of different barriers and obstacles. Our key result from this study is that BSR consists of many national institutions for risk communication, but that there are hardly any centralised institutions for risk communication activities relating to environmental governance in the region. Another key conclusion is that public risk communication in this array of cross-national environmental risks is restricted mainly to (one-way) information. Against this backdrop and from our empirical and theoretical knowledge of risk communication and the role of the public, we finally suggest some ways for improvement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016 Edition: 1
Series
MARE Publication Series, ISSN 2212-6260 ; 10
Keywords
Stakeholder participation, Ecosystem approach to management, Public involvement, News media, Framing
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29784 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-27006-7_9 (DOI)1748/42/2008 (Local ID)978-3-319-27005-0 (ISBN)1748/42/2008 (Archive number)1748/42/2008 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental Risk Governance of the Baltic Sea (RISKGOV)
Available from: 2016-03-23 Created: 2016-03-23 Last updated: 2017-03-03Bibliographically approved
Söderström, S., Kern, K. & Hassler, B. (2015). Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization (1ed.). In: Michael Gilek and Kristine Kern (Ed.), Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? (pp. 163-181). Farnham: Ashgate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Marine Governance in the Baltic Sea: Current Trends of Europeanization and Regionalization
2015 (English)In: Governing Europe's Marine Environment: Europeanization of Regional Seas or Regionalization of EU Policies? / [ed] Michael Gilek and Kristine Kern, Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, 1, p. 163-181Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham: Ashgate, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26291 (URN)1748/42/2008 (Local ID)9781409447276 (ISBN)1748/42/2008 (Archive number)1748/42/2008 (OAI)
Projects
RISKGOV
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1748/42/2008Swedish Research Council Formas
Available from: 2015-02-04 Created: 2015-02-04 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
Hassler, B., Söderström, S. & Leposa, N. (2010). Marine oil transportations in the Baltic Sea area: Deliverable number 6.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Marine oil transportations in the Baltic Sea area: Deliverable number 6
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. 75
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15278 (URN)1748/42/2008 (Local ID)1748/42/2008 (Archive number)1748/42/2008 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental Risk Governance of the Baltic Sea (RISKGOV)
Funder
Swedish Research Council FormasThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1748/42/2008
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-02 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved
Söderström, S.Institutional Interplay in Governing the Baltic Sea Environment: The Role of IMO, EU, HELCOM and Classification Societies as Quasi-governmental Organizations.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutional Interplay in Governing the Baltic Sea Environment: The Role of IMO, EU, HELCOM and Classification Societies as Quasi-governmental Organizations
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32155 (URN)
Note

Som manuskript i avhandling. As manuscript in dissertation.

Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
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