Belgian documents in relation to
the Convention on Biological Diversity

On this page, you will find a selection of documents of direct relevance to the Convention on Biological Diversity. These documents have been produced by the National Focal Point, by Belgian authorities or by advisory bodies. Some of them offer full on-line access to their texts, others only offer the table of contents.

Books

   Biodiversity in Belgium, a country study

Reports

   National reports to the CBD

   Thematic reports to the CBD

   Conference of the Parties to the CBD reports     On-line regional reports

   Reports of the Belgian Presidency

Strategies and action plans

   National biodiversity strategy and action plans (NBSAP)

   Other national environmental action plans

   Federal strategies and plans    Regional strategies and plans

   Cooperation with developing countries

Conference proceedings

   National focal point conferences

   Other conferences


Country Study

Published in August 2003, the book 'Biodiversity in Belgium, a country study' presents a panorama on the status and trends of biodiversity in Belgium. It also provides information on the major threats to biodiversity in the country. 

The compilation of the country study is not an obligation under the Convention. It has been achieved as a response to a request by the Inter-Ministerial Cell for the Environment. This reference work is the result of a collective effort by all the major actors for biodiversity in Belgium. It has been coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, in its role of National Focal Point to the Convention.

Contact Marc Peeters, marc.peeters@naturalsciences.be,
Fax: +32-2-627 41 41
Price: 25 euro.

 

Based on the Country study an informative brochure has been published for a wide audience in two of the national languages. You can download the brochure in PDF format (in Dutch (1.9 MB) or in French (1.8 MB)) or order printed copies.

Contact: 

Pascal Balhaut
National focal point to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 
Rue Vautierstraat 29
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 627 45 45
  

 

National reports

The objective of national reporting, as specified in Article 26 of the Convention, is to provide information on measures taken for the implementation of the Convention and the effectiveness of these measures. 

The reporting process is therefore not intended to give information on the status and trends of biological diversity as such in the country concerned, except if such information is relevant to the account of the implementation measures. 

The Belgian national reports are compiled by the National Focal Point, with the help of all relevant authorities at the federal and regional levels. They are submitted for approval to the steering committee 'Biodiversity Convention' and to the Inter-ministerial Cell for the Environment  before being sent to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. First National Report (1998)

 

Thematic reports

Parties are also invited to submit thematic reports on the issues to be considered in depth at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. In the case of the sixth meeting (COP-6), the issues were alien species, forest ecosystems and access and benefit-sharing.

Conference of the Parties to the CBD reports

 

On-line regional reports

These reports are produced as a response to various obligations at the regional level. They are not sent to the Secretariat of the Convention but provide basic information of direct use for the compilation of national and thematic reports.

Flemish region (In Dutch, occasionally with English summaries)

Walloon region (in French, occasional English summaries)

Brussels-Capital region (in French or Dutch, no English summaries)

 

Reports of the Belgian Presidency (1.07.2001 to 31.12.2001)

 

National biodiversity strategy and action plans (NBSAP)

Belgium does not have a National Biodiversity Strategy & Action Plans yet. It is currently in the process of development. The regions have developed their own plans for environment and nature and there are federal strategies and plans (general and thematic).

The aim of the NBSAP will be to support the integration and the fine-tuning of federal and regional action plans in coherence with the work programmes of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the European Biodiversity Strategy (1998) & Action Plans (2001).

 

Other national environmental action plans

Belgium has established several environmental action plans at national level, which can be of relevance for biodiversity issues.

 

Federal strategies and plans

Federal strategies and plans chiefly concerns the Federal government and its fields of competencies. The Regions do not have to implement them, but can be partners to some of the proposed actions.

 

Regional strategies, plans and programmes

Regional strategies, plans and programmes are established by the regional governments, and target their competences. These include most environmental aspects, nature conservation, agriculture and forestry and spatial planning. The global environmental plans of the Flemish and Walloon regions and the regional development plan of the Brussels Capital region all address biodiversity issues.

Flemish region (in Dutch)

Walloon region (in French)

Brussels-Capital region (in French or Dutch)

 

Cooperation with developing countries

Biodiversity is one of the six priorities of the new strategic note on the environment of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGDC). In this context, a cooperation agreement has been signed between the DGDC and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), for a five-year programme (2003-2007) on capacity-building on biodiversity. Biodiversity is also part of a cooperation agreement between DGDC and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (via its African Biodiversity Information Centre)

 

Conference Proceedings

The National Focal Point regularly organises conferences and symposia on themes of direct relevance to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The abstracts of some of the conferences are provided on-line.

Orders for paper copies of the proceedings can be sent to the National Focal Point. Contact Person: Marc Peeters (Tel. +32-(0)2-627 45 65, Fax. + 32-(0)2-627 41 41).

Ten years after Rio. What future for biodiversity in Belgium? - 22 May 2002

Link to the introduction, summary and abstracts

Franklin, A. , M. Peeters & J. Van Goethem (eds), 2003. Proceedings of the Symposium "What future for biodiversity for Belgium" held on the International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2002. Its aim was to assess progress since the signature of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at Rio, in 1992. Bulletin of the RBINS, Biologie, Vol. 73 - Supplement. 139 pp.

 

Belgian Fauna and Alien Species - 14 December 2001

Link to the introduction and table of contents

Peeters, M & Van Goethem, J.L. (eds), 2002. Proceedings of the Symposium Status and trends of the Belgian fauna with particular emphasis on alien species, Brussels, 14.12.2001. Bulletin of the RBINS, Biologie, Vol. 72 - Supplement. 297 pp. Price: 15 € (+ postage)

 

Belgium and the Convention on Biological Diversity. A state of the art - 17 November 1999

Link to the table of contents and some of the texts
Link to the introduction in French or Dutch

Van Goethem, J.L., Hecq W. & Peeters M. (eds), 2000. Proceedings of the Colloquium "Belgium and the Convention on Biological Diversity. A state of the art", Brussels 17.XI.1999. Bulletin of the RBINS, Biologie, Vol. 70 - Supplement. 103 pp. 

 

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