Brief 6: Environmental Emergencies: Challenges and Lessons for International Environmental Governance
June 2012 by Rene Nijenhuis and Carl Bruch
This brief examines the strengths and weaknesses of existing instruments and institutions and addresses the efforts to improve coordination among the international sectors of environmental emergency response. Potential operational, capacity-building, and legal options for strengthening prevailing mechanisms are identified and discussed, including the need for stronger political mandates, the need for a stronger framework to address fragmentation, and the need for procedures to support and facilitate environmental emergency responders. The lessons from this discourse can improve the field of environmental emergency response, while also informing advancements in broader context of international environmental governance.
Downloadable PDF: Issue Brief 6 – Nijenhuis and Bruch