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Cross-border project funding as an effective tool in sustainable governance of the Baltic Sea region?: a study about the importance of EU funding for environmental NGOs in Finland and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


This thesis discusses the role of EU funding in the environmental work on the Baltic Sea region; what is done with EU money and does it work? How do the funding programmes affect NGOs working with these issues? How are the programmes governed and managed in the context of sustainable development and governance of common-pool resources? The focus will be on two EU funding programmes, Baltic Sea Region Programme and Central Baltic Interreg 4A.


For this study five persons working on the field were interviewed to get perspectives and different reflections on the issue, with focus on NGOs and their work on the local level in Finland and Sweden. In the analysis part the programmes are viewed through a theories of sustainable development and governance management. Conclusions show that the programmes have played a significant role in encouraging NGOs to further develop their mutual cooperation and helped different actors in building bridges, even though there were some criticism and problems that also will be discussed. The adaptive multi-governance model that the programmes represent is an important tool for both economical and social cohesion in the area as well as for the Baltic Sea ecosystem. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
NGO, project-based, environment, Baltic Sea, sustainable governance, multi-governance, multi-sectoral governance, transition management
National Category
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126253OAI: diva2:898117
2016-01-15, 13:50 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-01-27 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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