EPICC – Environmental Policy Instruments across Commodity Chains Multilevel governance for Biodiversity-Climate in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia is a collaborative research project between:

  1. Law and Development – University of Antwerp – Antwerp – Belgium
  2. Rural development – Federal University of Santa Catarina – Florianópolis – Brazil
  3. Economics – Federal Fluminense University – Niteroi – Brazil
  4. Governance of Ecosystem Services – Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research – Muncheber – Germany
  5. Politics and Government – Universitas Gadjah Mada -Yogyakarta – Indonesia
  6. Geography – Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Trondheim – Norway
  7. Sustainability Studies – Lund University – Lund – Sweden

EPICC applies a polycentric governance and environmental justice approach to investigate four selected commodity chains (cattle, palm oil, gold and tin) that ‘feed’ the European market. EPICC seeks to map the governance and power links that connect the multiple territories of production and transformation and their plural legal systems with the European regulatory, political and socio-economic space. By doing so, EPICC identifes and analyses leverage points (chokeholds) and blind spots, and sheds light on the micro and macro conditions that may facilitate the mitigation of environmental and social impacts that occur at the selected locations of production (in Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia).

Contact person: Diana Vela Almeida, NTNU – diana.velaalmeida@ntnu.no