Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Governance of the Salish Sea: Can we develop a cross-border policy framework?

Location

2016SSEC

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How is the natural environment of the Salish Sea governed? The fact that the Salish Sea is bifurcated by a national border has inhibited our ability to answer this question. Indeed, the Salish Sea involves not only two national governments, but also a multitude of both state and non-state actors, which exist across scales, and interact in different frameworks (i.e. First Nations/tribes often seek only to negotiate with federal, rather than state/provincial governments). Environmental governance in the Salish Sea also encompasses informal modes of interaction involving public and private interest groups, social movements and community stakeholders, in addition to traditional governments. This presentation will describe a recently completed inventory of governance structures that bear on the maintenance and revitalization of the Salish Sea. Organized around 16 environmental issue areas ranging from air quality to energy transport, the inventory is a tool for identifying both the barriers and the bridges to cross-border collaboration and management of trans-boundary natural resources in the Salish Sea region.

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Key Words: cross-border, governance, environmental management, policy

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An Inventory of Environmental Governance in the Salish Sea

2016SSEC

How is the natural environment of the Salish Sea governed? The fact that the Salish Sea is bifurcated by a national border has inhibited our ability to answer this question. Indeed, the Salish Sea involves not only two national governments, but also a multitude of both state and non-state actors, which exist across scales, and interact in different frameworks (i.e. First Nations/tribes often seek only to negotiate with federal, rather than state/provincial governments). Environmental governance in the Salish Sea also encompasses informal modes of interaction involving public and private interest groups, social movements and community stakeholders, in addition to traditional governments. This presentation will describe a recently completed inventory of governance structures that bear on the maintenance and revitalization of the Salish Sea. Organized around 16 environmental issue areas ranging from air quality to energy transport, the inventory is a tool for identifying both the barriers and the bridges to cross-border collaboration and management of trans-boundary natural resources in the Salish Sea region.