2008 UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

Institutions, Public Participation and Environmental Sustainability: Bridging research and capacity development

Yale University, 10-11 May 2008

How can democracy and environmentally sustainable development be made compatible and mutually supportive? This question rested at the centre of discussion at the UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environment Governance and Democracy: Institutions, Public Participation and Environmental Sustainability, 10-11 May 2008 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference took place in the margins of the 16th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and brought together some 150 environmental governance scholars and practitioners from academia, governments, inter-governmental organizations, and civil society, from more than 65 developed, developing, and transition countries.
The event was organized through the UNITAR/Yale Environment and Democracy Initiative, launched in March 2007 by UNITAR and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with the aim to support a growing interest in research, teaching, and capacity building in the area of democratic environmental governance. The conference organizers received about 700 requests for participation and 170 submissions of conference abstracts. 30 papers were selected by an international academic review committee for presentation at the Conference. Consistent with theory developed through the “new institutionalism” in political science, the Conference emphasized the role institutions play in shaping public participation and policy outcomes.

For more information, visit the Conference website at:  http://envirocenter.yale.edu/envdem/

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