This website on International Environmental Governance and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development is the core element of an initiative by the Earth System Governance Project on these topics.
This website will compile an easy accessible and structured, and dynamic information collection on International Environmental Governance and will solicit advice and comments from the global research communities, stakeholders, and policy makers, hopefully leading to a lively science based but solution oriented discussion. [invitation to join the discussion and contribute content]
The initiative on International Environmental Governance in general and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development will, so the aim, provide researchers on earth system governance, and the broader global change research community, with a comprehensive overview on the state of research on International Environmental Governance. This knowledge will also contribute to all five analytical problems that guide the research of the Earth System Governance Project and thus to bringing answers to the core questions of earth system governance closer.
Obviously, this initiative with the website at its centre is also designed to in the end provide decision makers with a better understanding but also guidance for improvements in international environmental governance towards an institutional framework that enables sustainable development.
The Earth System Governance Project will therefore synthesize contribution to the website and all comments in a variety of ways, including policy briefs, presentations, and direct advice to decision makers in the process leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Earth Summit).
In addition, the website and the overall initiative will support the numerous leading Earth System Governance researchers who are currently serving as appointed members on the UNEP Major Group and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance, UNEP's fifth Global Environmental Outlook, and the High-Level Expert Panel in the United Nations Environment Programme new Foresight Process initiative. (See here for more)