Environmental Risk Governance of the Baltic Sea

RISKGOV final report
RISKGOV briefing on key results
Year 2 progress report
Year 1 progress report
For more relevant publications, visit www.bonusportal.org/publications (category BONUS+ reports).

Begin date 1.1.2009

End date 31.12.2011

Grant: 788 218€

Recent Publications

AMBIO (Volume 40, Number 2)

Coping with Complexity in Baltic Sea Risk Governance

Environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea is still unable to fully support the implementation of the ecosystem approach to management. Hence, the aims and expected outcomes of RISKGOV are:

   1) to improve our understanding of the structures and processes that shape the governance of environmental risks;
   2) to suggest a normative framework for improving environmental risk governance in the Baltic Sea.

These aims will be achieved by integrating social and natural science approaches on five strategically selected environmental risks (eutrophication, fisheries, biodiversity impacts, chemical pollution and maritime transportations) using the comparative case study approach. The RISKGOV consortium has been assembled to meet these interdisciplinary research requirements and includes expertise on governance, assessment and communication of all environmental risks analysed in this study.

RISKGOV focuses on three main areas of analysis and comparison:

- WP 1 Governance structures focuses on e.g. policy context, regulatory institutions, and forms of decision-making, collaboration

and participation;

- WP 2 Governance processes I: risk assessment – risk management interactions scrutinizes processes of interaction, as well as

descriptions and management approaches to uncertainties and multiple lines of evidence; and 

- WP 3 Governance processes II: stakeholder communication analyses e.g. problem and media framing as well as indications of

constructive communication and responsiveness.


Risk, environmental governance, ecosystem approach, science, politics

List of Participants and Principal Scientists

Södertörn University College, Sweden

Michael  Gilek (Coordinator)

Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Cecilia Lundberg

DIALOGIK non-profit research institute for communication and cooperation research, Germany

Ortwin Renn

Gdansk University, Poland

Maciej Wolowicz


Please visit the RISKGOV webpage for more information!

The Swedish parliament – an illustration of the scope of the project to study structures and processes of risk governance.