GoverNat is a Marie Curie Research Training Network in the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission. Its focus is research and training in all aspects of multi-level environmental governance. The 4-year project started on October 1, 2006. The GoverNat network is comprised of 10 partner institutes throughout Europe, and several affiliated praxis partners. GoverNat concentrates on participatory processes and analytical tools as means to improve environmental multi-level governance. In specific case studies, GoverNat researchers match the need for improvement of specific governance schemes with the potential of improvement of combined participatory and analytical approaches. Designing and ideally even implementing improved governance schemes in collaboration with praxis partners constitutes the final challenge for this research project. GoverNat researchers herewith empirically test the hypothesis that certain combinations of analytical and participatory processes improve multi-level governance. GoverNat is coordinated by the Division of Social Sciences, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ.
Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context, 19 - 22 January 2010, Leipzig, Germany. GoverNat invites the research community, administrators and NGO representatives to discuss the project's results and present own approaches and experiences in natural resource governance.