Global and Multi-level Environmental Governance

Many environmental problems are transboundary or even global in nature, raising problems of spatial fit between biophysical and jurisdictional boundaries and of institutional interplay between public, private and civil society actors. Researchers at German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) therefore analyse patterns, causes and consequences of global and multi-level governance in different environmental fields with a focus on developing countries, and ask for adequate governance mechanisms.

Empirically, the DIE researchers draw on extensive expertise in global and multi-level governance in various environmental fields, especially climate change, water, biodiversity, forests and desertification. At the global level,  they examine the institutional dynamics of international environmental governance. They also assess the effects of international and transnational politics and policies on patterns and dynamics of multi-level governance and cross-cutting institutional interlinkages. DIE researchers furthermore analyse the legitimacy and the effectiveness of corresponding multi-level or polycentric institutional arrangements and transnational governance networks in terms of their ability to reconcile environmental, economic and social objectives.


Sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus
Bhaduri, A. / C. Ringler / I. Dombrowsky / R. Mohtar / W. Scheumann (eds.),  Water International (Special Issue), 40 (5-6), 723-732


Cover: Climatic Change

Private finance for adaptation: do private realities meet public ambitions?
Pauw, Pieter, Richard Klein, Pier Vellinga, Frank Biermann (2015)
Climatic Change, pp 1-15


Biodiversity – A vital foundation for sustainable development
G7 Elmau Progress Report
(long version in English)