A ‘Call For Papers’ on 'Environmental Agreements: Process, Practice, and
Future Trends'

Greenleaf Publishing invites papers for a book project in the area of

Environmental Agreements: Process, Practice and Future Trends

Environmental Agreements (EAs) between government authorities and
industry, unions and NGOs, to address particular environmental
challenges are increasingly being looked to as a new, low-cost and
potentially effective means of solving environmental concerns. They have
become a commonly used environmental policy tool and take many forms,
for example, as agreements between central and local governments and
industry in the Netherlands and as association-wide gentleman's
agreements in Germany. Some are focused on supporting the implementation
of particular  directives (Packaging waste in Sweden and Denmark), and
others focused on particular sectors (cement in France, pulp paper in
Portugal, and chemicals in the Netherlands).

Their most original component lies in multi-stakeholder collaboration:
from the negotiation of choosing an EA to address the particular
environmental concern; to negotiation over the design and structure of
the EA; to implementation, development and review. The EA offers a
potential route for the sharing of responsibility across stakeholder

While many criticisms of the performance of EAs are valid, historically,
stakeholders have often lacked both experience of the practical steps
necessary to ensure the success of an EA, and process insights into
stakeholder collaboration which would allow such practical steps to be
implemented. To broaden the debate on the practical and process issues
on EAs, Greenleaf Publishing invites contributions on this
fast-developing topic that include, but are not limited to:

∑ Stakeholder perspectives on why an EA may be an appropriate tool
∑ Stakeholder insights into how to launch EAs—steps, problems and
∑ The process of stakeholder collaboration within an EA
∑ The appropriate sharing of responsibilities in EAs
∑ Pros and Cons, Risks and Rewards of EAs and how to optimise
∑ The trade-off and complementarity of EAs with other policy instruments
∑ The appropriate design of an EA and the monitoring of progress
∑ The process of development of EAs
∑ Legal limitations and possibilities of EAs
∑ How to ensure that targets are appropriately set and reached?
∑ How to ensure company and stakeholder commitment and involvement?
∑ Incentives, sanctions and their implementation
∑ Assessment tools
∑ Tools to support the success of EAs

Specific Issues 
∑ Insights on NGO and Trade Union involvement in EAs
∑ EAs in developing and transitional economies
∑ Local communities, sustainable development and EAs
∑ In what areas are EAs appropriate to deal with key environmental
∑ EAs as appropriate transition measures
∑ EAs as appropriate long-term measures
∑ Drivers for the future use of EAs
∑ Case studies of new measures in EAs

The contributions to the book should be forward looking, rather than
simply a retrospective analysis of existing EAs. The aim of this book is
to offer industry, governments, NGOs, and trade unions advice and
support on how to launch EAs and how to improve existing models. It is
also intended that the book will offer valuable insights into how this
policy instrument can be developed over the next decade to help fulfil
its potential.

∑ Potential authors are requested to submit 200-300 word abstracts to
the Editor by December 15TH, 1999.
∑ Contributors informed of acceptance decision: January 30TH, 2000 
∑ Full paper submissions: May 31ST, 2000
∑ Revision requests sent to contributors: July 15TH, 2000 
∑ Final papers deadline: September 1ST, 2000.
∑ It is intended that the book will be published in November, 2000.

For further details, or to discuss a potential contribution, please

Patrick ten Brink, Editor
ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd
13 Avenue de Tervuren, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel:+322 743 89 39, Fax: +322 732 71 11
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Contributor guidelines can be obtained from:

Samantha Self, 
Greenleaf Publishing
Aizlewood Business Centre,
Aizlewood’s Mill,
Nursery Street,
Sheffield S3 8GG
Tel: +44 114 2823475
Fax: +44 114 2823476
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