The article offers a survey on the origins and the most recent developments of regional-scale environmental governance and the beginning of a process of socalled «regionalization of environmental protection». The main argument put forward in the article is that this process is currently the best solution in response to existing global policy gridlock and pressing calls for action within Fifth IPCC 2013 Report guidelines. After the explanation of the theoretical framework, the work will introduce two different case-studies of regional environmental governance: the EU and the ASEAN. Finally, they prove that regional organizations can represent an interesting laboratory for environmental governance from which to start rethinking and looking for innovative and realistic responses to the most compelling challenge of our era.
Keywords: Environmental governance, Regionalism, Climate Change, European Union, ASEAN, Sustainable Development.