Indicators voor sustainable management

Flanders and The Netherlands have cooperated to develop a methodology to evaluate the functioning of the Scheldt Estuary and the activities that are held within. This methodology, which is applied every six years, was asked for by the Research and Monitoring Working Group of the Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission (VNSC). The evaluation has already been done twice, for 2009 and 2015, and is pending for 2021

Methodology

The methodology used in these reports focuses on three main functions: Accessibility, Safety and Sustainability. These functions are addressed through seven different indicators. Every indicator is built up by a pyramide strucuture of the relevant parameters needed. The pyramide structure below serves as an example, but is only available in Dutch:

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pyramide evaluatiemethodiek

Pyramides of the indicators

The table below provides an overview of how the indicators were built up in pyramides through the different versions of T-reports. This overview, as well as the technical files inside, is only available in Dutch:

  INDICATOR PYRAMIDE
VEILIGHEID Dynamiek waterbeweging versie T2009
versie 2014
versie T2015
TOEGANKELIJKHEID Bevaarbaarheid versie T2009
versie 2014
versie T2015
NATUURLIJKHEID Waterkwaliteit versie T2009
versie 2014
versie T2015
  Flora & Fauna versie T2009
versie 2014
versie T2015
  Ecologisch functioneren versie T2009
versie 2014
versie T2015
  Leefomgeving versie T2009
versie 2014
versie T2015
  Plaat- geulsysteem versie T2009

 

T2009

To correctly evaluate the main functions of the estuary in the long term, a uniform baseline needed to be set. Therefore, 2009 was chosen as the first year to perform the evaluation, and to hold this as a reference for the future. This evaluation resulted in an analysis report in which the baseline and developments before 2009 were defined. Additionally, an evaluation report was deliverd as well on the methodology used. This evaluation report received its own evaluation in a document in 2013, and was updated in 2014.

All documents are only available in Dutch.

T2015

The next evaluation was performed for the year 2015. This resulted in an analysis and evaluation report in 2018, as well as a summarizing report. 

All documents are only available in Dutch.