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BO-02-011: Spatial Framework for Nature Development, Rehabiliation and Natura 2000

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Title BO-02-011: Spatial Framework for Nature Development, Rehabiliation and Natura 2000
Period 01 / 2009 - unknown
Status Current
Research number OND1334563

Abstract

Problem description:
Nature policy of the Dutch Government mainly is embedded in a spatial framework for nature (conservation, rehabilitation and natura 2000). The realisation both of the desired area and the aimed targets is strongly dependent on environmental conditions, acceptance by society and legislation. Climatic change may frustrate these policy goals as well. Both cost effectiveness and societal acceptance might be enlarged by looking for common interests by other users of the rural environment. The European Community will commit individual member states to their agreements on biodiversity goals, water and soil directives. The Ministery of Food, Agriculture and Nature as the responsible authority, seeks for knowledge based methods to spatially consolidate these directives. Safeguarding nature might negatively affect agricultural or recreational interests. Better cooperation and tuning between stakeholders is urgently needed. The Ministery intends to present an overview of necessarily environmental boundary conditions for nature protection and guidelines for Good Nature Rehablitation Practise and managgement before the end 2010. Her policy is to assess adequate and unambiguous protection of the spatial framework for nature on all administration levels .

Research objectives:
The objective of this research theme is to generate integrated knowledge that can be used in several phases of a policy life cycle: reconnaissance of the problem, policy making, decission making and measures, evaluation. It is aimed to generate fundamental and applied knowledge in order to develop simulation models, scenario models, guidelines, databases on behalf of:

- Site conditions with respect to water, soil, air and climate as related to natural habitats
- Suited management measures and strategies to realize nature targets
- Effectiveness of restoration measures
- Feasibility of adaptation of agricultural practice to minimize impacts on environmental conditions suited for nature restoration
- A quantification and evaluation of the effectiviness of adapted farmers practice, regional measures for Agricultural practice and local nature restoration measures on side conditions for nature development

Materials and methods:
The approach of the research objectives is dependent on the distinct proposed projects. In general it will consist of a combination of:

- Desk studies,
- Inventory surveys ,
- Experimental research in the lab and the field,
- Model development and application.

Results and products:
The character of the results is dependent on the distinct proposed projects. In general the theme will generate reports, workshops, scientific papers, web sites, fact sheets, guide Lines, data bases, decission support systems (a.o):

- A knowledge based data base with necessary site conditions for both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
- A data base with species responses on environmental factors (moisture, nutrients, acidity)
- A simulation model to predict site conditions (pH, N, P, moisture) considering climatic changes
- A simulation model to calculate critical deposition levels for nature target types considering hydrology.
- A guideline for Good Nature Rehabilitation Practice
A decission support system based on a model that predicts cost effectiviness of the optimization of farmers practice, regional agricultural practice on environmental conditions as compared to nature restoration measures.
- An overview of the state of art about planological protection of the Spatial Framework for Nature by legislation on different levels of policy making authorities.

Abstract (NL)

Doel:
Achtergrond
Voldoende kennis voor de verbetering van terrestrische en aquatische milieucondities is een belangrijke voorwaarde voor het bereiken van de gewenste natuurkwaliteit. De verthema s verzuring, vermesting, verdroging, verontreiniging en verzilting spelen hierbij een grote rol. Voor het oplossen van deze problemen is niet alleen behoefte aan nieuwe kennis over de randvoorwaarden voor het verbeteren van milieucondities, maar is er ook de behoefte de bestaande kennis beter toegankelijk te maken.

Doelstelling onderzoek:
Doel van het onderzoek is het verwerven van basisinformatie en kennis t.b.v. het natuur- en milieubeleid om de noodzakelijke verbetering te kunnen realiseren van de terrestrische en aquatische milieukwaliteit als randvoorwaarde voor een kwalitatief goede EHS, alsmede voor het beoordelen van de Staat van Instandhouding van de habitattypen voor Natura2000.

Werkwijze:
Bureaustudie met verzamelen en interpreteren van bestaande informatie. Modelstudies. Gerichte verzameling en analyse van ontbrekende en schaars aanwezige data in veld- en laboratoriumstudies. Gebiedspecifieke studies van sturende factoren, b.v. in Sense-of-Urgency-gebieden.

Bouw van een Kennisbank voor het overzichtelijk en geïntegreerd opslaan, en toegankelijk maken van terrestrische en aquatische data t.a.v. ecologische condities van soort(groep)en en de meest recente natuurtypologieën.

Resultaten:
Eén Kennisbank van terrestrische en aquatische data t.a.v. ecologische condities van soort(groep)en en de meest recente natuurtypologieën, tevens geschikt voor de evaluatie van beheer en beleid. Dit wordt aangevuld met rapportages, workshops, websites, fact sheets, presentaties, praktisch meetplan, handreiking etc.

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Classification

A14000 Nature and landscape
D65000 Urban and rural planning

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