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Comparative Analysis of the Activities of the HELCOM and the Black Sea Commissions as Tools in Regional Environmental Cooperation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Regional cooperation around inland seas plays an important role in environmental protection as it can involve all countries from the catchment area. Two regional organizations, HELCOM in the Baltic Sea and BSC in the Black Sea regions serve as intermediary for joint efforts and have the same tasks in protection of their respective seas. While HELCOM operates in a region recognized as a role model of regional cooperation, the BSC suffers from poorer intergovernmental relations. The task set was to analyze and compare the two commissions with each other so that similar and dissimilar features could be found and suggestions for possible alterations could be made. In order to conduct the analysis a framework was used to compare historical and cultural background, legal and normative rules, structural forms and relations with stakeholders.

The research shows that there is little fundamental difference in the structure and mechanisms of functioning between the two organizations, but much more between the context.

The findings in this paper can help to understand the conditions of both commissions’ functioning and which steps are needed in order to improve the effectiveness of the BSC work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 33 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 212
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Regional Cooperation, Environmental Protection, Inland Sea, HELCOM, BSC
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-239161DiVA: diva2:773394
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2014-09-26, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16,, Uppsala, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2014-12-19Bibliographically approved

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