Multi-level Governance of Natural Resources: Tools and Processes for Water and Biodiversity Governance in Europe (GoverNat)

Principal Investigator:  Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská

Co-researchers:  Dr. Veronika Gežík (Chobotová), Dr. Lenka Slavíková, Dr. Ilona Otto-Banaszak, Mgr Sonja Trifunov

Duration of the project:  01/10/2006 – 30/09/2010

Contract Number: 035536

Coordinator:  UFZ – Centre for Environmental Research

The overall objective of GoverNat wasto develop new solutions for multi-level environmental governance and to facilitate their use by decision makers in an enlarged EU. The central research objective wasto test the hypothesis that certain participatory processes and analytical decision tools are particularly useful for improving multi-level environmental governance. Specific research objectives therefore addressed the enhanced understanding of multi-level governance of natural resources, the development of methods of public and stakeholder participation to be used in such contexts, the effective utilisation of specific analytical decision tools in multi-level governance, and the reflective evaluation of such use. The central training objective was to give 9 doctoral fellows and 3 post-doctoral fellows an interdisciplinary training in research on environmental governance, particularly of biodiversity and water, in Europe, and in designing legitimate and effective solutions for communication between policy makers, scientists and the public in science/policy interfaces.