You Can't Eat Biodiversity: Agency and Irrational Norms in European Aquatic Environmental LawJournal: Challenges in Sustainability (Vol.5, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2017-02-07
Authors : Tim G. O'Higgins;
Page : 43-51
Keywords : biodiversity; environmental policy; ecosystem services; transformation;
Policies of the European Union cover a range of social, environmental and economic aspirations and the current environmental directives and laws have evolved from a suite of norms which have changed over time. These may be characterised loosely according to 'Three Ps ': Practical, those taking an anthropocentric approach; Pure, those taking an ecocentric approach and Popular, those appealing to the general public. In this paper I use these three perspectives as a tool to analyse the complexity and identify contradictions in European aquatic environmental legislation. Some trade- offs between development and conservation are identified and used to characterise the potential qualities of more successful agency to achieve environmental goals in the governance of European aquatic environments.
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