The existing global environmental governance system comprises international institutions and organizations created to address transboundary environmental problems. No single existing institutional arrangement possesses the set of elements required to carry out the functions of global environmental governance, and the study of institutions is therefore of significant importance.

Seeking to increase the analytical understanding of global environmental governance, the GEG Project conducts and collects research on the original intentions for the institutions and organizations, the functions of the existing system and the current state, shortcomings and potential for improvement. Practically all visions for global environmental governance reform require the use of innovative institutional structures, whether they take the form of a new global environment organization or a strengthened set of governance relationships among existing organizations. We explore the various options for institutional reform in an attempt to further the analytics and inform the politics of global environmental governance.