Assistant Professor of Government and Environmental Policy at The College of William and Mary,
Director of the Global Environmental Governance (GEG) Project at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy,
Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Maria Ivanova of The College of William and Mary sheds lights upon the dynamic realm of global environmental governance. Deconstructing the foundations of policy design and execution at the international level, Ivanova suggests that the multi-leveled, multi-layered realm of environmental governance has produced some unique complications, especially in regards to the challenges of coherence and coordination. In particular, the complex relationship between fragmentation and multiplicity in governance must be further unpacked. In prefacing her remarks on the ‘mixed performance’ of the global system of environmental governance, Ivanova breaks down the various functions of policymaking to include information collection, norm and policy development, catalyst facilitation, coordination enablement, capacity creation, and enforcement building. Ivanova suggests that a ‘new compelling narrative’ is necessary in line with broader efforts to better link the environmental and political realms. In moving towards this outcome, one must consider the progressive power of robust political leadership, the focusing capacity of environmental summits, and the long-term imperatives of institutional development.
Works by Dr. Maria Ivanova
- Esty, D. (Ed.)., Ivanova, M. (2002). Global Environmental Governance: Options & Opportunities. Connecticut: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
- Ivanova, M. (2005). Can the Anchor Hold? Rethinking the United Nations Environment Programme for the 21st Century. Connecticut: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
- Ivanova, M. (2007). Designing the United Nations Environment Programme: A Story of Compromise and Confrontation. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics, 7(3), 337-361.
- Ivanova, M. (2009). PNUMA e a Governança Ambiental Global. Cadernos Adenauer, 9(3), 159-180.
- Ivanova, M. (n.d.). UNEP in Global Environmental Governance: Design, Leadership, Location. Global Environmental Politics, 8(1). (http://environment.yale.edu/publication-series/law_and_policy/782)
- Stakeholder Forum
- Global Environmental Governance book by Center for UN Reform Education
This work aims to make a contribution to the understanding of the current system of global environmental governance, its strengths and weaknesses, and the options and opportunities to achieve much needed reform.
- Global Environmental Governance Project
The Global Environmental Governance Project aims to facilitate thought and action for strengthening environmental policymaking at the global level. Standing at the interface of traditional disciplinary boundaries our research informs the policy processes that are determining the future and fate of environmental governance within the UN system.
- Global Environmental Governance: Quest for Symphony. Film, directed by Joseph Ageyo. Produced by Global Media, Ltd. Nairobi, Kenya. 2009.
- Global Environmental Governance: Way Ahead Not Closed. Film, directed by Bernard Robert-Charrue. Produced by dev.tv. Geneva, Switzerland. 2009.
- Reframing Global Environmental Governance: Results of a CIGI/CIS Collaboration By Steven Bernstein, Jennifer Clapp and Matthew Hoffmann, Working Paper #45 (December 2009)
- United Nations Environment Programme
- UN Joint Inspection Unit Report on environmental governance
- Global Governance Project
Recorded on October 2009