International Environmental Protection Regimes

EPA Grant Number: U915169
Title: International Environmental Protection Regimes
Investigators: Koehler, Holly R.
Institution: Indiana University
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: January 1, 1997 through January 1, 1999
Project Amount: $68,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1997) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Risk Communication , Academic Fellowships , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration


The objective of this research project is to gain an education and practical working experience that will allow me to understand the complexities and dynamics of developing and maintaining international environmental protection regimes that reconcile divergent interests and achieve their stated goals in a multidisciplinary and effective manner.

Questions under study include:

1. How can international environmental and conservation regimes that are practical, implementable, enforceable, and achieve their goals be developed?

2. How can these regimes be developed so that they do not violate existing global standards or agreements, such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade?

3. How do governments negotiate and develop such regimes?

4. What are the motivations, criteria, obstacles, and advantages to forming international environmental and conservation agreements/regimes?


My approach to studying this topic has been to gain dual master's degrees in Public Affairs and Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. My concentrations in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management and Comparative International Affairs will provide both a natural resource policy analysis and international environmental affairs background. During my education, I have focused on this issue in depth through several research papers and projects. The most recent paper examines the current international protection measures for sea turtles and develops an original framework for a multilateral regime designed to conserve and protect sea turtles and other nontarget species from incidental bycatch. In addition to the public policy, environmental science, economics, statistics, and geographical information systems classes I have taken, I completed an internship with the Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, DC, in 1997.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, international environmental protection regimes, international conservation agreements, geographic information systems, sea turtles, GIS., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Resources Management, decision-making, Ecology and Ecosystems, Economics & Decision Making, Environmental Law, policy analysis, policy making, global standards, environmental decision making, decision making, conservation, environmental policy, environmental protection regimes, international law, legal and policy choices, public policy, environmental risk assessment

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1997
  • Final