environmental governance Articles

  • Corporate Governance and Environmental Performance

    Untitled Document What does corporate governance have to do with environmental performance? The answer is: everything. And this relationship is becoming increasingly important as more and more ...

  • Compliance Trends in 2017: what to expect, how to prepare

    Looking back on 2016, it was without doubt a year of political upheaval and increased scrutiny on the environmental, social and human rights implications of government regulations, corporate practices and consumer habits. In 2017, these changes will fuel additional compliance considerations for corporate supply chains around the world. While the future is anything but certain, our regulatory ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Biosolids ban struck down

    In 1994, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) bought a 4,700-acre farm (called Green Acres Farm) in southwest Kern County for the purpose of land applying biosolids from its 11 wastewater treatment plants. LACSD land applied 800 wet tons/day at this site for several years. In 2006, Kern County voters passed Measure E on the ballot with 83 percent approval. This measure banned ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Top 10 Compliance Storylines from 2016

    For the compliance sector, 2016 was a critical year. It was a year in which regional government bodies around the globe took on greater responsibility as gatekeepers of environmental and human rights standards in the corporate sector. It was also the year of the investor, where corporate decision makers became more concerned with transparency and accountability in supply chains. ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • The Rationale for Accelerating Regionally Focused Climate Intervention Research

    Abstract Ten years ago, Paul Crutzen asked whether the time had come to consider undertaking research into intentionally intervening in the climate system so that it might be considered a policy option comparable to reducing emissions for limiting human-induced climate change. Crutzen’s article pointed out how little progress had been made in reducing emissions and suggested that ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Liberalising environmental governance and the hazards of democratisation

    Abstract: Democratising environmental governance is sometimes presented as if it would necessarily yield desirable environmental outcomes. This is in contradistinction to authoritarianism that is seen as inimical to sound biodiversity management. This paper examines the possibility that democratisation of environmental governance may not always produce the outcomes that are desirable by the ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Multi-level environmental governance: a concept under stress?

    IntroductionThe past decade has witnessed a change in the world order of environmental policy making. The strongholds of national environmental policy competence gave room for international regimes beginning in the 1980s, a development that reached a peak during the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Since then the direction of governance patterns has partly been reversed. However, the trend is not back ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Assessing the effectiveness of environmental governance regimes: remaining gaps

    Thorny and stubborn manifestations of ecological degradation have elicited an array of institutional responses, in domestic arenas and through international channels. Many of the organisational mechanisms that have emerged in this context, displaying varying degrees of coherence and purposefulness, possess structural and functional attributes commonly associated with governance regimes. In recent ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental compliance enforcement from the government accountability office

    This article presents the testimony before the Committee on the Environment and Public Works in the U.S. Senate about the EPA's effort to improve and make more consistent it's compliance and enforcement activities. Why GAO Did This Study The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces the nation’s environmental laws and regulations through its Office of Enforcement and ...

  • Lessons from Enron — examining the parallels to environmental governance

    This article discusses five key influences affecting every firm's bottom line with regard to environmental governance and public disclosure. LESSON ONE: DON'T START BELIEVING YOUR OWN PR. Gregg Pascal Zachary, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal, professed the need for 'hope journalism' — the need for the American press to find positive stories when reporting on sustainability. When it ...


    By AHC Group

  • Local governance of environmental flows in global modernity

    IntroductionLocal environmental policy making is no longer what it used to be two decades or so ago. At that time, the rational model of local environmental policy making was often challenged but most analyses and interpretation frameworks could still start their analysis with the formal model of local policy making and then discuss the deviations, irregularities and shortcomings of such ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Improving Energy and Environmental Performance in Local Government

    Untitled Document What is An Environmental Management System (EMS)? An ...

  • Environmental strategies and global environmental governance: the experience of carbon disclosure project/Brazil

    Through content analysis, this paper identifies the environmental and political-institutional strategies used by Brazilian companies in the carbon disclosure project (CDP) to fight against climate change. An exploratory study was made with a literature review and the content analysis technique was used for data treatment. The results show that political-institutional strategies are used by the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Governing technology and economic growth

    Good governance in Africa is not possible without a sound scientific basis for decision making. African governments are in constant need of scientific and technical advice on issues such as energy policy, disease control and environmental management. Furthermore, a sound economy that supports growth and development must draw on science and technology. Africa is faced with a set of specific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Are governments ready for Rio 2012?

    Though the next Earth Summit, Rio+20, will take place next June, few governments have started to seriously assess their progress towards achieving the internationally agreed upon sustainable development goals outlined in the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21, according to a recent survey from the Access Initiative. Time is running short. In ...

  • Challenges in governance and innovation

    This article describes the evolution and complexity of BP's climate change strategies, including BP's own environmental footprint, a reinvention of its energy products to go beyond petroleum, and a recognition that their climate change strategies are both a business opportunity and a responsibility. BP AND CLIMATE CHANGE When BP exited the Global Climate Coalition in 1997, it marked the beginning ...


    By AHC Group

  • The expansion of participatory governance in the environmental policies of developing countries: the example of Madagascar

    The notion of governance is often considered to be essential, particularly by international institutions in developing countries, to improve the efficiency of policies and to strengthen the legitimacy of the aid. This article aims to clarify the various meanings of this notion and to analyse the policies for devolution of management of natural resources to local communities. The participatory ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Agri-environmental governance and political systems in Central and Eastern Europe

    This paper presents an institutional analysis of agri-environmental governance in Central and Eastern Europe conducted by way of three case studies from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Poland. Building upon the theory on natural resource governance as developed by Ostrom and others, the analysis focuses on the linkages between agri-environmental governance and the political system. Its results ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Power, political economy and environmental governance: staple chains as media of power

    This paper critically compares radical and reformist global commodity chain analysis with two other traditions: Canadian staples analysis and the analysis of filieres. It considers what each can contribute to a critical analysis of essentially linear production and exchange complexes, particularly for the extraction and export of raw materials and semiprocessed goods. The article offers elements ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Opinion: Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland: Returning to the Drawing Board

    EXTRACT: Northern Ireland is a region of sharp contrasts. Although it was the first part of the modern United Kingdom to experience devolution, it has been governed by direct rule from Westminster for much of the last thirty years. Equally, it is famed for its beautiful landscapes and environmental quality, yet sharp criticisms have been made of the levels of environmental governance delivered ...


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