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					                PONDSCAPE

Towards a sustainable management of
 pond diversity at the landscape level

            (2006-2010)
      F.U. Committee
     15 9 2008, RBINSc
 Introduction to PONDSCAPE (Koen)
 Activities and developments since last
  meeting (Tom)
 Social and historic context of ponds (Kevin)
 Mid Term Evaluation (Koen)
 Prospects (Koen)
 Reception (ALL)
     PONDSCAPE
Network:
C: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences,
  Brussels: K.Martens, B. Goddeeris, L. Colson, J.
  Vandekerckhove
P2:Catholique University of Leuven: L. De Meester,
  S. De Clerck, T De Bie
P3:University of Ghent: W. Vyverman, K. Van Der
  Gucht,
P4: University of Namur:
  Ecotox: P. Kestemont, R. Mandiki
  Socio-econ: A. Castiaux, N. Feremans
P5: University of Luxembourg: H-M Cauchie
     PONDSCAPE
Network: associated partners
C: RBINSc
  INBO: D Bauwens, L Denys
P2: KULeuven
  Natuurpunt: M Herremans
P3: Ugent
  Botanical Garden: L Van Hecke
P4: U Namur
  U Liége: B Losson
P5: U Lux:
    PONDSCAPE
Strategic objectives:
=> recommendations for scientifically
  underpinned management of small water
  bodies, while reconciling:
  – Conserve and enhance biodiversity at various
    scales (local, regional, landscape)
  – sustain economic activities and ensure
    economic growth
     PONDSCAPE
Operational objectives:

 To study the organization of pond biodiversity,
   – including ecosystem functioning,
   – at multiple spatial scales
   – relate it with important driving variables (pond age)
 To quantify effects of management strategies
  on local and regional pond biota biodiversity
     PONDSCAPE
Operational objectives:

 To broaden our knowledge on the prevalence of
  pollutants and the effects they have on pond
  biota
 To obtain insights into the way stakeholders
  value risks and benefits of ponds,
   – how the creation and maintenance of ponds can be
     promoted in a sustainable way.
           PONDSCAPE
          Work packages
 WP1: Biodiversity at multiple spatial scales
 WP2: Biodiversity and pond age
 WP3: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
 WP4: Assessment of management techniques
 WP5: Pollutants and biodiversity
 WP6: Social and economic relevance to
  stakeholders
 WP7: Valuation of results, policy,
  rcommendations
Follow Up Committee:

 what is expected of you?
Follow-up committee:
      what for?
– Management tool enabling to meet the SSD
  programme objectives, in particular:
   To provide scientific support for a sustainable
    development policy
   To promote communication between
– researchers, decision-makers and the society
  Follow-up committee :
       status/role
 Foreseen in the contract
 Members act on a voluntary basis:
  – commitment to play an active role in the follow-
    up of the research
  – requested to fill out a Declaration of intent
 Advisory role: advice, feedback,
  orientations, comments on project reports…
  (within the framework of the contract)
  Follow-up committee :
         profile
 Heterogeneous set of members acting on
  basis of possible input, expectations,
  interests… regarding the research project
  – “Interest”: in intermediary and final outcomes of
   the project
  – “Input”: bring new insight into the scientific and
   policy context, the research question, the
   assumptions, …
    Follow Up Committee:
          members?
 Public administrations (different sectors and
  levels of authorities)
  – Scientific community
  – NGOs
  – Private sector
  – Media
 The composition of the committee may
  evolve during the course of the project
  Follow-up committee meeting:
       Operational aspects
 Convened by the coordinator and science
  officer twice a year and ad-hoc
  – Relevant documents to be circulated prior to the
    meeting (8 days)
  – The coordinator is responsible for the minutes
    of the meeting (15 days)
  – Location: flexible