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The Politics of Porpoises – A Critical Assessment of the Biodiversity Conservation Efforts by the European Union within the Baltic Sea
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS).
2022 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Baltic Sea is a brackish body of water in the heart of Europe, and within it lives a small whale: the Baltic Sea harbor porpoise. However, this animal is becoming increasingly more endangered. Due to various man-made threats, less than 500 animals remain in the sea. This thesis aims to provide a comprehensive overview of this issue with a political approach through discussing how the state of this animal reflects on the European Union. Furthermore, it investigates the European Commission's role and takes a closer look at EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 to detect potential greenwashing. Through the case study of the harbor porpoise, the central conflict between the European Union and the conservationists aiming to save the animal gets illuminated from different perspectives. The analysis makes use of European integration theory as well as a deconstructive approach, through which the study is able to detect that the issue largely stems from the respective member states. Moreover, it finds that the approaches of the European Commission and the conservationist align at the core principles. With the help of an interview conducted with a field expert, these points can be emphasized. Reflecting on the findings it can be concluded that essential regulations are finally being put into place, but there is still a long way to go to save the Baltic Sea harbor porpoise.

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2022. , p. 63
Keywords [en]
Baltic Sea, Conservation, Biodiversity, Harbor Porpoise, European Union, European Commission, Member States, Integration Theory, Case Study
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-52966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-52966DiVA, id: diva2:1670906
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KS GPS European Studies
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