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Diversity as the Lodestar of Global Environmental Governance

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198066750.003.0014
Diversity as the Lodestar of Global Environmental Governance

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The concepts of climate change, energy security, bio-security, and food security compete for securitization status with national security. Current efforts towards global environmental governance have failed mainly due to the agenda of securitization that requires gigantic apparatuses of instrumentalism administered by multiple organizations to monitor and standardize benchmarks of performance and outcomes. The important point about proposals to restructure environmental governance worldwide is their link with diversity and its related concepts, namely, equity and justice. This chapter highlights diversity as a significant principle in global environmental governance. It argues that international organizations of governance should not arrogate sovereign powers to promote conservation of global public goods. Instead, it is necessary to have a system that contests sovereign regimes which will desecuritize and de-instrumentalize the agenda of conserving the global environment.

Keywords: climate change; securitization; environmental governance; instrumentalism; diversity; equity; justice; public goods; conservation

Chapter.  3590 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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