Governance for the Environment
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Governance for the Environment

A Comparative Analysis of Environmental Policy Integration

Edited by Alessandra Goria, Alessandra Sgobbi and Ingmar von Homeyer

The integration of environmental concerns into other policy areas is widely recognized as a key element to achieve sustainable development. It also represents a challenge for the environmental community, requiring not only a new approach to policy-making but also changes to existing policies and their implementation. This essential book presents a diverse set of perspectives and experiences on how to support sustainable development through the integration of environmental issues into various policy sectors.
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Chapter 6: From G-FORS to EPIGOV: Which Governance Modes for EPI? The Case of Strategic Environmental Assessment in Spatial Planning

Carolina Pacchi and Davide Zanoni


Carolina Pacchi and Davide Zanoni 6.1 INTRODUCTION The EU Commission’s 6th Research Framework Programme has funded two main projects aimed at analysing the relationship between environmental policy integration and governance modes: EPIGOV – Environmental Policy Integration and Multi-level Governance; G-FORS – Governance for Sustainability. In order to coordinate existing research and to disseminate results through the different work teams, we tried to create a bridge between the theoretical and empirical approaches adopted. Starting from the G-FORS side, we relate the analytical model developed for the study of governance for sustainability to the EPIGOV common framework, and present some preliminary research findings to better understand the effectiveness of different modes of governance used to promote environmental policy integration (EPI). In the chapter we present results from the G-FORS Italian case study related to the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Province of Milan Master Plan (process of adaptation 2003–2007). This case fits well in the G-FORS analytical model, but it could also be useful in the light of the EPIGOV research questions, because it concerns an articulated policy process split into different phases and because the implementation of SEA passes through different conceptual definitions and governance arrangements as the process evolves. In particular, it is possible to follow the evolution of an implementation through the change of regulative framework (the Regional Law 12/2005 introduced mandatory SEA for plans and programmes in Lombardy) and cultural perspective (from a process that just involved institutions and technical experts to a decision-making process that aimed to...

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