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KAFP 3705 - Environmental Policies

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

One of the paradoxes of our time lies in the conjunction of increasing knowledge regarding the magnitude of environmental threat and in spite of it, in far too limited policy responses. The course will engage students to explore this paradox, and for a series of environmental threats, to navigate the current answers to the “what” and the “how” question. What should be done? And more importantly, how should policy makers do it? The first question deals with the design of environmental policy. The second with the making, viz. with implementation conditions. The course will help students develop critical thinking skills on responses conveyed to these two questions in the fields of climate and energy, biodiversity and ocean policies.


  • LAURANS, Yann (Biodiversity and Ecosystems Programme Director (IDDRI))
  • VALLEJO, Lola E. (Climate Programme Director (IDDRI))

Pedagogical format

Classes will be as interactive as possible, with a mix of classical lectures and Q&A, and breakout group sessions on a specific question or reading. A simulation game on natural resource protection remains an option, to be discussed with the students.

Course validation

The mark will be the weighted average of a mid-term paper (3 pages, 30% of the mark) and a final short essay (8 pages, 60% of the mark) – oral participation will complete the evaluation (10%).


Specific readings will be flagged up the week before the class.

Required reading

  • OECD (2012). OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction. Highlights. OECD, Paris
  • Waisman, H., Torres Gunfau, M., Spencer, Th., Marquard, A. (2016). Emerging from Paris: Post-2015 Process, Research and Action Agenda. MAPS & IDDRI
  • Sartor, O., Donat, L., Duwe, M., Umpfenbach, K. (2017). Developing 2050 decarbonization strategies in the EU: Insights on good practice from national experiences. IDDRI Study 3/17
  • Rankovic, A., Chan, S., Laurans, Y. (2017). Implementing nature-based solutions in climate policies: What's in for the biodiversity? First lessons from Morocco and Tunisia. Iddri Study 07/17 March 2017
  • UNEP. (2013). Green Economy and Trade – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities (exec summary)

Additional required reading

  • Spencer, Th., Sartor, O., Berghmans, N. (2016). State of the Low-Carbon Energy Union: Assessing the EU's progress towards its 2030 and 2050 climate objectives. IDDRI Study 8/16
  • Sartor, O., Spencer, Th., Fryatt, O. (2017). Electric vehicles in France: A fifteen-year plan for massive rollout. IDDRI Study 8/17
  • Wright, G., Schmidt, S., Rochette, J., Shackeroff, J., Unger, S., Waweru, Y., Müller, A., ‘Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: The Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing SDG14', PROG: IDDRI, IASS, TMG & UN Environment, 2017
  • Wright, G, Rochette, J., Blom, L., Currie, D., Durussel, C., Unger, S. (2016). High seas fisheries: What role for a new international instrument? IDDRI Study 3/16
  • Lapeyre, R., Laurans, Y. (2017). Contractual arrangements for financing and managing African protected areas: Insights from three case studies. Parks vol. 23.1. pp 75-88
  • Emmanuel Combet, Fr´ed´eric Ghersi, Jean Charles Hourcade, Daniel Th´ery. Carbon Tax and Equity : The Importance of Policy Design. Dias Soares, C., Milne, J., Ashiabor, H., Deketelaere, K., Kreiser, L. (ed.). Critical Issues In Environmental Taxation, Oxford University Press, pp 277-295, 2010, Oxford University Press
  • Fisher, R., Ury W.L., Patton, B. (2011). Getting to Yes. Penguin Books