First National Report
of Belgium
to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Acronyms used in the report

AGW Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon (Walloon Government decree)
Administratie Milieu-, Natuur-, Land- en Waterbeheer van het Vlaams Gewest (Environment, Nature, Land and Water Management Administration)
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of Baltic and North Seas
BADC Belgian Agency for Development Co-operation
BBL Bond Beter Leefmilieu
BCCM Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms
BELNET Belgian Research Network
BICER Baikal International Centre for Ecological Research

Institut Bruxellois pour la Gestion de l'Environnement (IBGE) Brussels Instituut voor Milieubeheer (BIM) (Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment)
BRAL Brusselse Raad voor het Leefmilieu
CAE Centre of Agricultural Economics
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity

Commissions Consultatives de Gestion des Réserves Naturelles Domaniales (State Nature Reserve Management Consultative Commissions)
CCIEP Co-ordinating Committee for International Environmental Policy
CEU Commission of the European Union
CFP Common fisheries policy
CHM Clearing-House Mechanism
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Centrum voor Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Agricultural Research Centre)
CO Carbon monoxide
COP Conference of the Parties
CRA Centre de Recherches Agronomiques (Agricultural Research Centre)
CSD Commission on Sustainable Development
Conseil Supérieur Wallon de la Conservation de la Nature (Walloon Senior Nature Conservation Council)
DAC Development Assistance Committee of the OECD
Direction générale des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement (Directorate General for Natural Resources and Environment)
DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid
DNF Direction de la Nature et des Forêts (Direction of Nature and Forests)
DZ Sea Fisheries Department (formerly Fisheries Research Station)
EAZA European Association of Zoo Associations
EC European Commission
ECCO European Culture Collections Organisation
EEC European Economic Community
EEP European Endangered Species Programme
EEZ Exclusive economic zone
EIA Milieu-effectrapport (Environmental Impact Assessment)
EU European Union
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
GEF Global Environment Facility
GMOs Genetically modified organisms
Gemeentelijk Natuurontwikkelingsplan (Municipal Nature Development Plan)
GNP Gross national product
Instituut voor Bosbouw en Wildbeheer (Institute for Forestry and Game Management)
ICE Interministerial Conference for the Environment
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
IDA International Depository Authority
IEB Inter-Environnement Bruxelles
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
IHEM Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology
IN Instituut voor Natuurbehoud (Institute of Nature Conservation)
INIBAP International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain
IPGRI International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
IPH Scientific Institute of Public Health - Louis Pasteur

Inventaire et Surveillance de la Biodiversité - Surveillance de l'état de l'environnement par bioindicateur (Inventory and Monitoring of Biodiversity - Monitoring of the state of the environment through bioindicators)
Inventaire et Surveillance des Habitats (Inventory and Monitoring of Habitats)
ITM Institute of Tropical Medecine
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources - The World Conservation Union
IUPGR International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources
Integraal Verwervings- en Ondersteunend Netwerk (Integral Interweaving and Supporting Network)
MARPOL International Convention for the prevention of pollution from ships
Fonds voor Preventie en Sanering inzake Leefmilieu en Natuur (Flemish Environmental and Nature Fund)
Milieubeleidsplan en Natuurontwikkelingsplan voor Vlaanderen (Flemish Environmental Policy and Nature Development Plan)
Milieu- en Natuurraad van Vlaanderen (Flemish Environmental and Nature Council)
Milieu- en Natuurrapport van Vlaanderen (Flemish Environmental and Nature Report)
MIRCEN Microbiological Resources Center
MMM Marien Milieu Marin
MNZ North Sea Technical Commission
Micro-organisms Sustainable Use, Access Regulation and International Code of Conduct

Management Unit of the Mathematical Models of the North Sea and the Scheldt Estuary (from 01.01.98 onward a department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)
NBGB National Botanic Garden of Belgium
NFP National Focal Point
NGO Non-governmental organisation
NOx Nitrogen oxides
NSC North Sea Conference
ODA Official Development Assistance
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Observatoire de la Faune, de la Flore et des Habitats (Observatory of Fauna, Flora and Habitats)
OSPAR Oslo and Paris Conventions for the prevention of marine pollution
OSTC Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs
Openbare Afvalstoffenmaatschappij voor het Vlaamse Gewest (Flemish Public Waste Agency)
PCB Polychlorinated biphenyls
Plan Communal de Développement - Gemeentelijk Ontwikkelingsplan (Municipal Development Plan)
Plans Communaux de Développement de la Nature (Municipal Nature Development Plans)
Plan Environnemental pour le Développement Durable (Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development)
Plan Régional d'Affectation du Sol - Gewestelijk Bodembestemmingsplan (Regional Soil Destination Plan)
Plan Régional de Développement - Gewestelijk Ontwikkelingsplan (Plan of Regional Development)
RBINS Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
RMCA Royal Museum for Central Africa
RV collection Raymond Vanbreuseghem collection
RZSA Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp
SADC Southern African Development Community
SBSTTA Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
SDR Special drawing rights
Inventaire des Sites de Grand Intérêt Biologique (Inventory of Sites of Great Biological Interest)
Système d'Informations sur la Biodiversité en Wallonie (System of information about Biodiversity in Wallonia)
SO2 Sulphur dioxide
SSP Species Survival Programme
TBT Tributyltin
TELSAT Teledetection by Satellite
UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
VEN Vlaams Ecologisch Netwerk (Flemish Ecological Network)
Vlaams Impulsprogramma Natuurontwikkeling (Flemish Impulse Programme Nature Development)
VLM Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (Flemish Land Agency)
VMM Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (Flemish Environmental Agency)
VOS Volatile organic substances
WFCC World Federation for Culture Collections
WWF Worldwide Fund for Nature


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