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Research action SPSD-II: Second scientific support plan for a sustainable development policy
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Reference no: SPSD-II
Acronym: SPSD-II
Period: February 2002 till April 2006
Status: Completed

Institute  Top | Publications | Projects 
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor
    • Monteny, Frank
    • Cox, David
    • Henry, Nicole
    • Van der Werf, Aline
    • Vancauwenberghe, Maaike
    • Vanderstraeten, Martine

Child projects (21)  Top | Institute | Publications 
  • Advanced modelling and research on eutrophication: linking eutrophication and biological resources, more
  • Algal blooms: Emerging Problems for Health and Sustainable Use of Surface Waters, more
  • Atmospheric Nitrogen input into the North Sea: inorganic and organic nutrient fluxes, more
  • Balancing impacts of human activities in the Belgian part of the North Sea, more
  • Belgian Science Policy, BELSPO, FEDRA database, more
  • Belgian Shipwreck: hotspots for Marine Biodiversity, more
  • Biogeochemical carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes in the North Sea, more
  • Cluster Sustainable management of the North Sea, more
  • Development of an Integrated Database for the Management of Accidental Spills, more
  • Endocrine disruption in the Scheldt Estuary: distribution, exposure and effects, more
  • Higher trophic levels in the Southern North Sea, more
  • Macrophytes and nutrient dynamics in the upper reaches of the Schelde basin, more
  • Management research and budgeting of aggregates in shelf seas related to end-users, more
  • Modelling the evolution of climate and sea level over the third millennium, more
  • Mud: origin, characterization and human activities, more
  • Silica retention in the Scheldt continuum and its impact on coastal eutrophication, more
  • Study of Post-extraction ecological effects in the Kwintebank sand dredging area, more
  • The Hinder banks: yet an important region for the Belgian marine biodiversity?, more
  • Typology, reference condition and classification of the Belgian Coastal Waters, more
  • Validation of alternative marine calcareous skeletons as recorders of global climate change, more
  • Viability of the Northeast Atlantic harbour porpoise and seal populations (genetic and ecological studies), more

Abstract:
The sixth phase of the North Sea research programme was included in the Second Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD-II).

Within the SPSD-II, three thematic programmes of the First Plan: "Sustainable management of the North Sea", "Global Change and Sustainable Development" and "Antarctic Research, phase IV" were grouped within a coordination structure entitled "Global Change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity".

This structure ensured a better interaction between the various programmes and research themes, in order to permit as much as possible an integrated approach centered on environmental problems within the context of sustainable development. This initiative also allowed to optimise the management of the programmes, promoted co-operation among the different groups of researchers around a central theme, and simplified the use and synthesis of the research results.

In support to sustainable management policies for the North Sea special attention was given to North Sea research within the SPSD-II in order to:

  • further deepen our knowledge about the structure and functioning of the North Sea ecosystem as well as the processes underlying them
  • better understand the socio-economic impact of direct and indirect human activities on the North Sea ecosystem.

The overall budget of this phase was 10,9 MEURO. 25 projects were financed.

Publications (2)  Top | Institute | Projects 
  • Beheydt, D. et al. (2007). Carbon sequestration potential in different Belgian terrestrial ecosystems: quantification and strategic exploration (CASTEC): Final report. Belgian Science Policy: Brussel. 97 pp.
  • Chou, L. et al. (2007). Silica retention in the Scheldt continuum and its impact on coastal eutrophication (SISCO): Final report EV/17. Belgian Science Policy: Brussel. 95 pp.

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