Public participation and environmental justice in biodiversity governance in Finland, Greece, Poland and the UK

Paloniemi, Riikka and Apostolopoulou, Evangelia and Cent, Joanna and Bormpoudakis, Dimitrios and Scott, Anna and Pantis, John D. and Pietrzyk-Kaszyńska, Agata and Grodzińska-Jurczak, Malgorzata and Tzanopoulos, Joseph and Koivulehto, Miska (2015) Public participation and environmental justice in biodiversity governance in Finland, Greece, Poland and the UK. Environmental Policy and Governance, 25 (5). pp. 330-342. ISSN 1756-9338. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1672) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The novel articulations between the state, markets and civil society arising from the shift to networked environmental governance highlight the importance of creating equal participation opportunities. Relevant questions from an environmental justice perspective are not only who participates, but also with whom, in what, why and how. In this paper, we explore public participation in biodiversity governance that has emerged after the initial designation of a Natura 2000 network in Finland, Greece, Poland and the UK by focusing on distributive and procedural justice. Our analysis, based on focus groups and document analysis, shows that new participatory arrangements have taken the modes of project-based, market, interest group and e-governance. These arrangements have been marked by problems in power and knowledge sharing, and in the distribution of conservation costs and benefits, reflecting serious deficits regarding environmental justice. Calls for public participation and wider stakeholder engagement in conservation across Europe should be followed by an acknowledgment of the diversity of perspectives, conflicting interests and social positions and their integration into biodiversity governance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: biodiversity conservation;biodiversity policy;distributive justice;European integration;procedural justice;stakeholder
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Joseph Tzanopoulos
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2015 11:35 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 12:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52356 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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