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FALL 2011: SPECIAL TOPICS CEE 498MEA: Multilateral Environmental Agreements Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:20 pm, 3310 Newmark ( Yeh center) 3-hr credit, senior and graduate students – open to all disciplines (Students: communicate your particular interests to the instructor).

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FALL 2011: SPECIAL TOPICS

CEE 498MEA: Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:20 pm, 3310 Newmark (Yeh center)

3-hr credit, senior and graduate students – open to all disciplines

(Students: communicate your particular interests to the instructor)

Information: Dr. Sotiria Koloutsou-Vakakis, [email protected]

  • Topics covered:
  • nature of environmental problems that drive nations to make Treaties and Conventions
  • developed and developing world - do environmental protection and sustainability have the same meaning for everyone?
  • international convention process, negotiation process
  • fairness and self-interest, Parties, regional groups, IOs, NGOs and other special interest groups
  • identification of key issues, and problem framing in MEAs
  • technical expert groups, scenario building and effective communication of scientific information
  • important variables and performance indicators
  • implementation and compliance
  • linkages and complexity in International Environmental Governance and how they affect effectiveness
  • Class format:
  • Lectures to introduce topics.
  • Class discussions to comprehend and gain insight on topics
  • Projects to develop/improve analytical and communication skills.
  • Who would want to take the class?
  • Senior and graduate students who are interested in:
  • learning how global environmental agreements are made
  • understanding how science affects policy and under what circumstances
  • evaluating how their work in the lab relates to sustainability and how it impacts the global environment
  • developing skills on effective writing and well documented argumentation on global environmental issues
  • posing important and relevant policy questions and designing policies to address them
  • New this year:
  • Use of quantitative tools to design policies.
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