Transboundary environmental impacts and the international environmental cooperation

Type of instruction






Recommended in

Semesters 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The international environmental scientific and policymaking collaboration have rapidly boosted since the 1970s thanks to the gradually improved observations and enhanced research activities. There is already a comprehensive system of international cooperation that addresses the transboundary and the global environmental problems which include a multitude of institutions, fora, programmes and agreements. Proper understanding of the interrelations and interactions of the scientific and policymaking processes is need for the sake of the development of the adequate responses for the solution of the respective environmental problems and also for the identification of those issues where further research is necessary. After demonstrating the historical development of this cooperation and the environmental diplomacy, the students will be provided with general knowledge on the components of international environmental (governance) system that emerged in response to the identified large-scale environmental problems. Furthermore, some concrete cases of international environmental policy responses will be presented which were based on the effective utilisation of the relevant scientific discoveries.
Themes of the lectures: Early cases (historical examples of natural disasters and human activities causing international env. conflicts); Observations (international collaboration in env. monitoring); Globalisation (socio-economic and env. globalization, their interactions); Summits (global meetings, programmes on the environment); Regions (pan-European and subregional env. fora, programmes); Stakeholders (NGO-s and their roles in international env. policymaking); Institutions (international env. organisations); Agreements (introduction to the multilateral env. agreements); Specific areas of international coop. (energy & environment; cooperation in climate science & policies; sectoral activities & waste streams etc.); Sustainability (international programmes on sustainable development); EU (role of the EU and its Member States in global env. policy coop.); Future (scenarios of further env. cooperation).