Tallinn Pedagogical University
Abstract. The present article argues that despite the generally strenuous relations between Estonia and the Russian Federation, which affected also relations between environmental authorities, the need to collectively manage problems associated with the shared natural resource – Lake Peipsi has overweighed “hard politics” considerations and a successful bilateral environmental cooperation regime was created in mid-1990s. The existence of a large and ecologically valuable shared natural resource of broader international importance, together with an active knowledge-oriented group, which is ready to engage in policy mission for the sake of this natural resource (the epistemic community), have played a vital role in the emergence and maintenance of cooperation between the state actors.
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