5a/2018: Environmental policy and law in multilevel systems
The research cluster “Environmental policy and law in multilevel systems” was established in 2010. Since environmental problems usually have local, national, transnational, and international dimensions, the Institute investigates whether and how the management and conservation of natural resources, as well as the protection of the environment, are guaranteed both at different governmental levels and, from a comparative perspective, in different legal systems.
The main research fields covered so far are: the management and protection of water resources; public participation in the environmental decision-making procedures; the protection of biodiversity and ecological connectivity; the improvement and harmonization of low carbon policies and strategies; the impact of EU environmental law on the Italian national and regional/provincial legislation; the division of legislative competences between the Italian state and regions/autonomous provinces.
Beyond basic research, a number of third-party (EU and Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen) funded projects and consultancies have been carried out.
Furthermore, environmental protection being an interdisciplinary field, many activities were carried out in collaboration with other EURAC Institutes (Institute for Renewable Energy and Institute for Regional Development and Location Management). More recent activities also overlap with other research clusters of the institute (e.g. South Tyrolean Autonomy in Context and Institutional Innovation and Participatory Democracy).
The work in this area can be grouped in the following six strategic sub-categories:
(1) Water governance
(a) Water governance in Italy and the challenge of sustainability (2010-2011)
(b) Consultancy report for the University of Trento on water governance (2016)
(2) Constitutional reforms and autonomies
(a) Allocation of competences between the Italian State and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (2014-2015)
(b) Research on the implications of the Italian constitutional reform for the environmental competence, within the institute’s project “Italian Constitutional Reform 2015/16”
(3) Renewable energies and climate change
(a) Low carbon South East Europe LOCSEE (2013-2014)
(b) Enhancing Environmental Performarce and Climate Proofing of Infrastructure Investments in the Western Balkans from an EU integration perspectives (2017-2019)
(4) Multilevel governance
(a) Environmental protection in multi-layered systems (2010-2012)
(b) The impact of EU-legislation on the Autonomy of South Tyrol (2013-2015)
(5) Participatory democracy
(a) Regulating and promoting public participation in EIA in selected pilot Provinces and Municipalities (2013-2014)
(6) Environmental protection
(a) BIOREGIO Project, South East Europe Programme (2012-2014)