The Second Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy - SPSD2 is a continuation of SPSD1.
SPSD2 retains the objectives of SPSD1, being:
- to develop and consolidate a Belgian scientific expertise
- to offer the country's authorities the necessary scientific support for vertical (between various levels of competence) and horizontal (between different policy fields) policy integration towards a sustainable development.
- to give the country's authorities the necessary support for drawing up and carrying out (inter)national, federal, regional and local sustainable development policies.
- to develop/promote interdisciplinary research, both, between and inside the natural and social sciences.
- to encourage dialogue and exchange of information among scientists, decision-makers and the other actors concerned, at all levels of the country and within a European and international context
- to integrate into the research the basic sustainable development principles in order to anticipate the needs in terms of integrated policies.
- to stimulate the participation of researchers in international research and assessment programmes.
SPSD2 is organised into 4 main Strands :
Strand I - Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns has 4 themes:
- General Issues linked to production and consumption patterns
Strand II: Global Change, Ecosystems and Biodiversity has also 4 themes:
- Atmosphere and Climate
- Terrestrial Ecosystems of the temperate regions
- Marine ecosystems
- Freshwater ecosystems
- Aquatic, terrestrial and Antarctic Biodiversity
Strand III: Supporting Actions for previous strands
- the consolidation of information systems and databases
- the development of research on the role of science for sustainable development
- interfaces between science, policy and society - strengthening thematic platforms.
Strand IV: Mixed Actions
These aim to favour integration of social, economical and environmental dimensions by creating links between the different components of Action I and Action II.
Total Research Budget: EUR 57.88m
2-5 research teams per network - EUR 60 000 per team.