The Challenges of Social -Environmental governance
November 21-27, 2003
Bras¨ªlia and Piren¨®polis - Brazil
Session was conceived with the idea of providing a "journey"
or an "over-flight" through different concepts and
models of governance at their different levels. To establish
the scope of the discussions, we will focus the issue of governance
in the sphere of environmental policy, primarily from the
government point of view at all levels - local, state, national
To do so, the event will start with a discussion, in Brasilia,
on a concrete institutional example for governance in the
environmental area, which is the Brazilian case of the National
Environment System (SISNAMA in its Portuguese abbreviation).
This system, which aims to link the actions of all the bodies
within the Federation in the management of the environment,
is beset by challenges and difficulties in its implementation.
As a result, we will have a base on which we can realize in
concrete terms our conceptual discussions on governance.
Following this, each group will make a presentation, bringing
concepts and cases that show situations with similarities
to and differences from the Brazilian case. These presentations
should provide information that will allow a comparison and
add value to the view of governance of each group and the
institutional forms proposed for the environmental policy
of each participating country.
All the participants will then make a field trip to Piren¨®polis
(in the neighboring state of Goi¨¢s) for a closer
look at the social, political and environmental reality in
which the SISNAMA has to operate. The observations will provide
a counterpoint for a reflection on the complexity of this
issue and the immense challenges of putting the aims of environmental
policy into practice.
To enrich the debate, there will also be discussion panels,
involving different players, on the environmental policy instruments
within the State of Goi¨¢s and the Federal Government.
There will also be a panel to discuss aspects of governance
involving international natural resources.
Participants will have the opportunity to systematize and
discuss the issues raised by the field visits, bearing in
mind the experience of their own countries and information
from the panels, and present their conclusions at the end
of the Session, again in Bras¨ªlia. The Session does
not intend to exhaust all issues related to governance, but
we hope that all participants will be able to make a contribution
to future reflection on important issues in their respective
operating areas and that a dialogue will continue through
the LEAD network.