Regulation by environmental quality standards - Institutionalisation of ecosystem approach in coastal management (ENSCA)

Aims and focus

The ENSCA project has analysed institutionalisation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Finland by identifying the hybrid actor-networks through which a shift to potentially more adaptive water management is taking place. Under scrutiny have been the scientific, administrative and legal processes that aim to integrate the principles and objectives of EU legislation into existing arrangements and practices.

Thanks to the project, we have had a chance to focus on planning of natural resource management. Through the neologism of plan-ability, we have aimed to open up a new analytical perspective to political, materially mediated dynamics of management.

In the project we have created new methodologies for the studying of regulatory enforcement. We argue that it is useful to focus on the ways enforcement practices configure their contexts. Doing this can help to unravel how, and in relation to what, the regulations can clear the way for environmental protection.

Our results also point to the ambiguities and disagreements that may decrease the regulatory power the ecological classifications and standards have. We have analysed the establishment of environmental quality objectives in Finland and the intercalibration process that has standardised calculative work across the Baltic Sea countries.

Published 2013-05-07 at 14:26, updated 2015-03-06 at 18:02

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