Belgian documents in relation to
|Conference of the Parties to the CBD reports||On-line regional reports|
Strategies and action plans
|Federal strategies and plans||Regional strategies and plans|
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.
How to order?
Contact Marc Peeters, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
National focal point to the Convention on Biological Diversity,
Rue Vautierstraat 29
Tel: +32 2 627 45 45
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.
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.
Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 7) - 9 to 20 February 2004 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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)
Nature report 2003, English summary (coming soon ...)
Environment and Nature reports
Flemish Regional Indicators reports
Walloon region (in French, occasional English summaries)
State of the Environment reports
Brussels-Capital region (in French or Dutch, no English summaries)
State of the Environment reports
Etat de l'Environnement 2002 (In French, 1.4 MB)
De Staat van het Leefmilieu 2002 (In Dutch, 1.4 MB)
Etat de l'Environement 1999 (In French, PDF file 2.7 MB)
Etat de l'Environnement 1996 (In French)
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).
Belgium has established several environmental action plans at national level, which can be of relevance for biodiversity issues.
National Environment and Health Action Plan (NEHAP, 2003)
National Climate Plan (2002-2012)
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 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)
Regional Plan for Land Allotment 2001 (PRAS/GBP)
Second Regional Development Plan 2002 (PRD/GEWOP)
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)
Belgian cooperation with developing Countries (1999, in French)
Cooperation agreements between DGDC and scientific institutions
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
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
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
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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