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You Can't Eat Biodiversity: Agency and Irrational Norms in European Aquatic Environmental Law

Journal: Challenges in Sustainability (Vol.5, No. 1)

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Page : 43-51

Keywords : biodiversity; environmental policy; ecosystem services; transformation;

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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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