Earth System Governance, Newsletter December 2010 

* Launch of Earth System Governance Working Papers series
The Earth System Governance Project has launched a new online working paper series. This series is open to all colleagues who seek to contribute to the research agenda of the Project and its Science and Implementation Plan.
Submissions are welcome at any time at workingpapers [at] earthsystemgovernance.org. All papers will be peer-reviewed. The Earth System Governance Project does not assume the copyright for working papers, and we expect that most working papers will eventually find their way into scientific journals or become chapters in edited volumes compiled by the Project and its members. For the current list of working papers and for more information on the submission procedure, please see http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/publications/working%20papers

* New Special Journal Issue on Earth System Governance out
Earth system governance research is the focus of the current special issue of the journal International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (Volume 10, Number 4). Most contributions have been spearheaded by members of the scientific steering committee of the Project, along with several colleagues who have joined the Project since its launch. See for more information and for links to the articles: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/news/2010-11-16-special-issue-international-environmental-agreements.
Further special issues are on their way on "Agency", "Accountability and Legitimacy", and "Governance of REDD". Many more Earth System Governance publications are forthcoming.

* Capacity Building Workshop on Carbon Governance in Asia
Leading scientists and policy-makers from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region met in Yokohama, 1-3 November 2010, to discuss the challenges for carbon governance in Asia and to train early career researchers from the region. The workshop has been jointly organized by the Global Carbon Project, the Earth System Governance Project, and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), and has been supported by the Asia-Pacific Network on Global Change Research. Detailed information, as well as all presentations and pictures are available at http://www.gcp-urcm.org/CG

* Upcoming Events
- Registration for the Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance is now open! 230 abstracts have been accepted after a thorough review process by an International Review Panel. The conference is jointly hosted by the Environmental Governance Working Group and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University along with the Earth System Governance Project, and will be held 17-20 May 2011 on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. For more information and to register please visit http://cc2011.earthsystemgovernance.org

* From the Earth System Governance Network
- The Earth System Governance Project congratulates Prof. Norichika Kanie and Prof. Oran Young with their appointment to the UNEP Major Group and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance. By establishing this Advisory Group, UNEP aims at getting relevant inputs from civil society in the process of strengthening international environmental governance (IEG). For more information see http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/news/2010-10-04-earth-system-governance-researchers-appointed-unep-advisory-group-ieg.
- Prof. Joyeeta Gupta has been appointed as a lead author for UNEP's fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5). The Global Environment Outlook is a global consultative process that builds capacity for conducting global environmental assessments and for reporting on the state and trends of the environment, future outlooks and policy options. GEO also informs environmental decision-making. See also: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/news/2010-11-20-earth-system-governance-researcher-appointed-lead-author-geo-5.

* Selected new publications
More publications and abstracts can be found at http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/publications.
- Biermann, Frank, Michele M. Betsill, Joyeeta Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, Heike Schroeder, Bernd Siebenhüner and Ruben Zondervan. 2010. Earth system governance: a research framework. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 277-298.
- Biermann, Frank. 2010. Beyond the intergovernmental regime: recent trends in global carbon governance. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2 (4): 284-288.
- Bouteligier, Sofie. 2010. Exploring the agency of global environmental consultancy firms in earth system governance. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.10.
- Dombrowski, Kathrin. 2010. Filling the gap? An analysis of non-governmental organizations responses to participation and representation deficits in global climate governance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 397-416.
- Dryzek, John S., and Hayley Stevenson. 2010. Democracy and Earth System Governance. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No. 8
- Gulbrandsen, Lars H. 2010. Transnational Environmental Governance. The Emergence and Effects of the Certification of Forests and Fisheries. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar.
- Gupta, Joyeeta, and Louis Lebel. 2010. Access and allocation in earth system governance: water and climate change compared. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 377-395.
- Gupta, Joyeeta, Catrien Termeer, Judith Klostermann, Sander Meijerink, Margo van den Brink, Pieter Jong, Sibout Nooteboom, and Emmy Bergsma. 2010. The Adaptive Capacity Wheel: a method to assess the inherent characteristics of institutions to enable the adaptive capacity of society. Environmental Science & Policy, 13 (6): 459-471.
- Kanie, Norichika, Hiromi Nishimoto, Yasuaki Hijioka, and Yasuko Kameyama. 2010. Allocation and architecture in climate governance beyond Kyoto: lessons from interdisciplinary research on target setting. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 299-315.
- Le Quere, Corinne, Josep G Canadell, Philippe Ciais, Shobhakar Dhakal, Anand Patwardhan, Michael R Raupach, and Oran R Young. 2010. An International Carbon Office to assist policy-based science. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2 (4): 297-300.
- Lebel, Louis, Torsten Grothmann, and Bernd Siebenhüner. 2010. The role of social learning in adaptiveness: insights from water management. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 333-353.
- Lebel, Louis, Jianchu Xu, Ram C. Bastakoti, and Amrita Lamba. 2010. Pursuits of adaptiveness in the shared rivers of Monsoon Asia. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 355-375.
- Orsini Bled, Amandine. 2010. La biodiversité sous influence? Les lobbies industriels face aux politiques internationales d'environnement. Collection Science Politique. Brussels: Presses de l'université de Bruxelles.
- Partzsch, Lena, Rafael Ziegler. 2010. Social Entrepreneurs as Change Agents. A Case Study on Power and Authority in the Water Sector. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No. 9. 2010.
- Schroeder, Heike. 2010. Agency in international climate negotiations: the case of indigenous peoples and avoided deforestation. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 317-332.

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