No 3 October 2012

Sustainability partnerships critically analysed

epa1Since their endorsement by the UN in 2002, partnerships have become mainstream and widespread in environmental governance. Although they are only marginally successful, they remain popular instruments of governance. Why is this the case? More importantly, are they desirable as a way of governing human interactions with the planet's ecosystems? A historical, discursive study shows that these new, hybrid governance mechanisms fail to fulfil their promise due to the discourses that sedimented into the logics of the UN's partnerships regime.

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Major Step Taken Towards Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Flanders

ee_slootThe Flemish Government has taken an important step towards the economic valuation of ecosystem services to support spatial planning related to the creation, restoration and design of natural areas. Commissioned by the Department of Environment, Nature and Energy (LNE), Marije Schaafsma and Roy Brouwer developed and tested a model for the estimation of the economic value of cultural services such as landscape amenity, biodiversity and recreation.

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Map-based decision support tools for collaborative land use planning.

space1Developing spatial plans to facilitate the allocation of human activities across a territory requires collective decisions and a careful balancing of short-term and long-term needs. Despite recent advances in multidisciplinary research and planning support systems, there is still a need for solid approaches to integrated spatial planning between different types of actors. IVM's SPACE department worked with stakeholders of two planning processes to develop, test and implement map-based decision support tools for collaborative land use planning processes amidst conflicting objectives of stakeholders.

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Exposure assessment for antifouling paints and ballast water treatment installations

cb_shipRecently, new versions were released of exposure assessment models for antifouling compounds (MAMPEC) and ballast water (MAMPEC-BW). The models were developed by IVM (Dept. C&B) in cooperation with Deltares with funding from industry (CEPE) and others (IMO/GESAMP). The models are in use in many countries in regulatory riskassessment programmes.

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