Multi-Scalar Environmental Governance – The failure of existing policy frameworks to solve super-wicked problems

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:45am

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall

Why is that, in the last 20 years, the proliferation of public and private policy interventions designed to ameliorate climate change has coincided with an increasing global acceleration towards an ecological catastrophe?

Papers in the panel explore the ways in which policy interventions developed at national and international scales, based on existing applied policy frameworks, including cost-benefit and multi-goal policy analysis. In brief, those seeking to solve the problem are also causing the problem.

Conventions such “Free, Prior, and Informed Consent” are not only resulting greater self-determination for indigenous peoples and increased state accountability but are also creating conditions for greater state control of Indigenous populations Resource-dependent communities therefore find themselves. Similar discourse of decentralized citizen participation to access large and growing pools of international climate finance result in solidifying state control over people and resources. This panel will consider the overarching question of how can we create and design innovative and durable solutions to our growing environmental problems.


Ben Cashore

Professor, Environmental Governance & Political Science Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies