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Research action SPSD-I: Sustainable management of the North Sea
www.belspo.be/belspo/fedra/prog.asp?l=en&cod=mn

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Acronym: SPSD-I
Period: January 1997 till December 2003
Status: Completed

Institute  Top | Publications | Projects 
  • Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, sponsor
    • Monteny, Frank
    • Cox, David

Child projects (16)  Top | Institute | Publications 
  • Advanced modelling and research on eutrophication, more
  • Development of methods for the analysis of hydrocarbons and organic micro-pollutants in the marine environment, more
  • Evaluation of possible impacts of endocrine disruptors on the North Sea ecosystem, more
  • Evaluation of the quality of turbot fry on the stock enhancement success in the North Sea, more
  • Impact assessment and remediation of anthropogenic interventions on fish populations, more
  • Intensive evaluation of the evolution of a protected benthic habitat, more
  • Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf, more
  • Marine Resources Damage Assessment and Sustainable Management of the North Sea, more
  • Monitoring of volatile organic compounds in marine organisms: analysis, quality assurance and feasibility, more
  • North Sea seabirds and marine mammals: pathology and ecotoxicology, more
  • Quality status and terrestrial inputs for the North Sea, more
  • Research on natural sand transports on the Belgian continental shelf, more
  • Structural and functional biodiversity of North Sea ecosystems: species and their habitats as indicator for the sustainable management of the BCS, more
  • The Biogeochemistry of Nutrients, Metals and Organic Micropollutants in the North Sea, more
  • The collection Gustave Gilson as a historical reference framework for the Belgian marine fauna: feasibility study, more
  • The impact on North Sea organisms of pollutants associated with sediment, more

Abstract:
In January 1997 the Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" was launched in the framework of the first Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD-I). The overall budget of this programme was 10,3 MEURO.

In the context of the "International Conferences on the Protection of the North Sea" and with a view to cooperating with other North Sea coastal states, this programme aimed to contribute to the management and sustainable development of the North Sea and its natural resources.

To this end the authorities need:

  • a better understanding of the structure and functioning of the North Sea ecosystem;
  • a better understanding of the impact of human activities on the North Sea ecosystem:
  • to gain a better objective understanding of the notion of 'how the North Sea can be sustainably exploited to ensure that those living on its banks can maintain a high standard of living';
  • to gain a better understanding of the socioeconomic consequences which accompany the negative impact of human activities on the North Sea ecosystem;
  • to translate properly founded scientific information and opinions from the research community into a policy designed to establish the most favourable balance possible between the various forms of exploitation of the North Sea and inform the public.

19 projects were financed in total.

Publications (4)  Top | Institute | Projects 
  • Degraer, S. et al. (2002). Intensive evaluation of the evolution of a protected benthic habitat: HABITAT. Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I): Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" = Plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling (PODO I): Programma "Duurzaam beheer van de Noordzee". Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid = Belgian Science Policy = Politique Scientifique Fédérale: Brussel. 124 pp.
  • . Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I): Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" = Plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling (PODO I): Programma "Duurzaam beheer van de Noordzee". Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid = Belgian Science Policy = Politique Scientifique Fédérale: Brussel
  • . Sustainable management of the North Sea: project descriptions. DWTC/SSTC: Brussel. 20 sheets pp.
  • Van Loen, H.; Houziaux, J.-S. (2002). The collection of Gustave Gilson as a reference framework for the Belgian marine fauna: feasibility study. Final report. Research Contract MN/36/94. Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I): Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" = Plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling (PODO I): Programma "Duurzaam beheer van de Noordzee". Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid = Belgian Science Policy = Politique Scientifique Fédérale: Brussel. 41 + annexes pp.

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