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Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea

  • Michael Gilek
  • Mikael Karlsson
  • Sebastian Linke
  • Katarzyna Smolarz


  • Provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary analysis of challenges and possibilities for sustainable governance of the Baltic Sea ecosystem

  • Includes up-to-date descriptions and analyses of environmental governance linked to various important environmental problems

  • Draws conclusions on key challenges and possible ways of improving environmental governance, science-policy interactions, stakeholder communication and participation

Open Access

Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Michael Gilek, Mikael Karlsson, Sebastian Linke, Katarzyna Smolarz
    Pages 1-17 Open Access
  3. Interdisciplinary Case Studies of Environmental Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Mikael Karlsson, Michael Gilek, Cecilia Lundberg
      Pages 21-44 Open Access
    3. Piet Sellke, Marion Dreyer, Sebastian Linke
      Pages 45-71 Open Access
    4. Katarzyna Smolarz, Paulina Biskup, Aleksandra Zgrundo
      Pages 73-95 Open Access
  4. Cross-Case Analysis of Key Environmental Governance Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Magnus Boström, Sam Grönholm, Björn Hassler
      Pages 149-172 Open Access
    3. Anna Maria Jönsson, Magnus Boström, Marion Dreyer, Sara Söderström
      Pages 205-227 Open Access
    4. Michael Gilek, Mikael Karlsson
      Pages 229-246 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-253

About this book


This edited volume presents a comprehensive and coherent interdisciplinary analysis of challenges and possibilities for sustainable governance of the Baltic Sea ecosystem by combining knowledge and approaches from natural and social sciences. Focusing on the Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) and associated multi-level, multi-sector and multi-actor challenges, the book provides up-to-date descriptions and analyses of environmental governance structures and processes at the macro-regional Baltic Sea level. Organised in two parts, Part 1 presents in-depth case studies of environmental governance practices and challenges linked to five key environmental problems - eutrophication, chemical pollution, overfishing, oil discharges and invasive species. Part 2 analyses and compares governance challenges and opportunities across the five case studies, focusing on governance structures and EAM implementation, knowledge integration and science support, as well as stakeholder communication and participation. Based on these cross-case comparisons, this book also draws a set of general conclusions on possible ways of improving the governance of the Baltic Sea by promoting what are identified as vital functions of environmental governance: coordination, integration, interdisciplinarity, precaution, deliberation, communication and adaptability. 


Baltic Sea Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) Environmental Governance Marine Governance Marine Policy Maritime Risks water policy Fish and Wildlife Biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Gilek
    • 1
  • Mikael Karlsson
    • 2
  • Sebastian Linke
    • 3
  • Katarzyna Smolarz
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Nat Sci, Tech and EnvSciSödertörn UniversityHuddingeSweden
  2. 2.School of Nat Sci Tech and Env SciSödertörn UniversityHuddingeSweden
  3. 3.Dept of Phil, Ling, &Theory of SciUniversity of GothenburgGöteborgSweden
  4. 4.Dept of Mar Ecosys Fun, Inst of OceanogrUniversity of GdańskGdyniaPoland

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