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Welcome to the GoverNat Home page!

The Project – GoverNat: Multi-level Governance of Natural Resources: Tools and Processes for Water and Biodiversity Governance in Europe

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. 9 partners have a Ph.D. and 3 a Post-doc position.

GoverNat concentrates on participatory processes as means to improve environmental multi-level governance. In specific case studies of water and biodiversity governance, 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 participatory processes improve multi-level governance.

GoverNat is coordinated by the Division of Social Sciences, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research UFZ.



The four years of the GoverNat project ended at the end of Sept. 2010, the homepage will be open till Sept. 2013. Most members of the network are still working on GoverNat topics and can be contacted directly of through the former GoverNat partner institutes.

A Policy brief has been published in January 2010: "Towards successful participation in European biodiversity and water governance" (PDF, 6.57 MB)

and its German version:

"Partizipation erfolgreich gestalten in der Umsetzung von Biodiversitäts- und Wasserpolitik in Europa - Policy brief" (PDF, 9.61 MB)


GoverNat Conference took place 19-22 January in Leipzig. Have a look!

more information:

GoverNat in a nutshell (PDF, 34 KB)

see also: our 10 discussion papers

a three page summary of GoverNat International Innovation Report, May 2010, Research Media Ltd., Bristol, UK (PDF, 3.26 MB)

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Projects complementary to GoverNat:

  • For projects in which GoverNat partners are involved see:


Documentation of our schools:

  • See what we presented and discussed in our three schools