Third National Report of Belgium
to the Convention on Biological Diversity


Abbreviations and acronyms used throughout the report

ABC Access to Belgian Collections of interest for biodiversity
ABIC African Biodiversity Information Centre
ABS access and benefit-sharing
ACONITE Association pour la Cartographie d'Organismes Naturels et les Inventaires Taxonomiques et Ecologiques (Association for Natural Organisms Cartography and Taxonomic and Ecological Inventories)
ADIE Association pour le Développement de l'Information Environnementale (Environmental Information Development Association)
AEI agri-environmental indicator
AEM agri-environmental measure
AETFAT Association pour l'Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d'Afrique Tropicale (Association for the Taxonomic Study of the Flora of Tropical Africa)
AEWA Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
AIR agriculture and agro-industry
ALTER-Net A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network
AMINAL  Administratie Milieu-, Natuur-, Land- en Waterbeheer (Administration for Environment, Nature, Land and Water Management)
AnGR animal genetic resources
ANKONA Antwerpse Koepel voor Natuurstudie (Province of Antwerp Nature Study Umbrella)
API African Plants Initiative
ASCOBANS Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas
 
BBCH Belgian Biosafety Clearing-House
BBPF Belgian Biodiversity Platform
BBS Belgian Biosafety Server
BCCM Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms
BCH Biosafety Clearing-House
B CHM Belgian Clearing-House Mechanism
Be-BIF Belgian Biodiversity Information Facility
Belspo Belgian Science Policy Office
BEM Biological Evaluation Map
BEST Bureau d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (Office for Scientific and Technical Research)
BFIS Belgian Forum on Invasive Alien Species
BIM Brussels Instituut voor Milieubeheer (Brussels Institute for the Management of the Environment)
BIME Brussels Institute for the Management of the Environment
BIO Belgian Investment Office
BLEU Belgian-Luxemburg Economic Union
BWK Biologische Waarderingskaart (Biological Evaluation Map)
 
CAR Central African Republic
CARI Centre Apicole de Recherche et d'Information (Beekeeping Research and Information Centre)
CASTEX Common Approach for Scientific Touring Exhibition
CAWA Contrat d'Avenir pour la Wallonie Actualisé (Actualised Walloon Contract for the Future)
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CCIEP Coordination Committee for International Environmental Policy
CDM Clean Development Mechanism
CDPA Centre de Dépaysement et de Plein Air (Centre for Open Air and Changes of Scenery)
CE Commission européenne (European Commission)
CECODI Centre International d'Ecodéveloppement Intégré (International Centre for Integrated Ecodevelopment)
CEDRE Centre d'Etudes du Droit de l'Environnement (Study Centre for Environmental Law)
CEPA Communication, Education and Public Awareness
CETAF Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities
CGIAR Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
CGMS Crop Growth Monitoring System
CHM Clearing-House Mechanism
CIAT Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
CIFOR Center for International Forestry Research
CIFS Centre d'Information Forêt de Soignes (Information Centre of the Sonian Forest)
CIMMYT Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center)
CIP Centro Internacional de la Papa (International Potato Center)
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CIUF Conseil Interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique (Interuniversity Council of the French Community of Belgium)
CLO Centrum voor Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Agricultural Research Centre)
CMS Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
CNDRS Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique (National Documentation and Scientific Research Centre)
COMIFAC Commission des Ministres en charge des Forêts en Afrique Centrale (Commission of Ministers in charge of Central African Forests)
COP Conference of the Parties
COST European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research
CP commitment period
CPDR Centre de Philosophie du Droit (Centre for Philosophy of Law)
CPF Collaborative Partnership on Forests
CRIE Centre Régional d'Initiation à l'Environnement (Regional Centre for Environmental Education)
CRIS Current Research Information System
CRNFB Centre de Recherche de la Nature, des Forêts et du Bois (Research Centre for Nature, Forests and Wood)
CUD coopération universitaire au développement (University Development Cooperation)
CWATUP Code wallon de l'Aménagement du Territoire, de l'Urbanisme et du Patrimoine (Walloon Code of Town and Country Planning, Urban Development and Heritage)
 
DAC Development Aid Committee
DG Directorate General
DGDC Directorate-General for Development Cooperation
DGRNE Direction générale des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement (Directorate General for Natural Resources and Environment)
DICE Digital Information Centre
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
DR Congo Democratic Republic of Congo
 
EC European Commission
ECE Economic Commission for Europe
EDIT European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy
EEA European Environment Agency
EEC European Economic Community
EIA environmental impact assessment
EIONET European Environment Information and Observation Network
ENBI European Network for Biodiversity Information
ENHSIN European Natural History Specimen Information Network
EPBRS European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy
EPIC European Platform for International Biological Resources Consolidation
ERAIFT Ecole Régionale Post-Universitaire d'Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrée des Forêts Tropicales (Regional Post-Graduate Training School on Integrated Management of Tropical Forests)
EU European Union
EUFORGEN European Forest Genetic Resources Programme
EUROBATS Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats
 
FAIR Agriculture and Fisheries Programme
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
FELNET Flanders Environmental Library Network
FEN Flemish Ecological Network
FLEGT Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade
FNRS Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Scientific Research Fund)
FP6 Sixth Framework Programme
FPSD Federal Plan for Sustainable Development
FSC Forest Stewardship Council
FUL Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise (Luxembourg University Foundation) - now Département des Sciences et Gestion de l'Environnement (Sciences and Environmental Management Department of the ULg)
FUNDP Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix
FUSAGx Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux (Gembloux Agricultural University)
 
GAWI Groupement d'Arboriculteurs pratiquant en Wallonie les techniques Intégrées (Organisation of Walloon Fruit growers who apply the Integrated Techniques)
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
GBP Gewestelijk Bestemmingsplan (Regional Land Use Plan)
GEB Grensoverschrijdend Ecologisch Basisplan (Transboundary Ecological Plan)
GEF Global Environment Facility
GIS Geographic Information System
GMO Genetically modified organism
GSPC Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
GTI Global Taxonomy Initiative
GURTs Genetic Use Restriction Technologies
 
HELCOM Helsinki Commission
 
IACS Integrated Administration and Control System
IAS invasive alien species
IAUP International Association of University Presidents
IBGE Institut bruxellois pour la Gestion de l'Environnement (Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment)
IBW Instituut voor Bosbouw en Wildbeheer (Institute for Forestry and Game Management)
ICCN Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation)
ICE Inter-Ministerial Conference for Environment
ICP (Forests) International Co-operative Programme (on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests)
ICRAF International Centre for Research in Agroforestry
ICRISAT International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
ICZM integrated coastal zone management
ICZO Informatiecentrum Zoniënwoud (Information Centre of the Sonian Forest)
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IGEAT Institut de Gestion de l'Environnement et d'Aménagement du Territoire (Institute for Environmental Management and Physical Planning)
IHEM Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology, Mycology collection - now IPH: Scientific Institute of Public Health
IITA International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
ILO International Labour Organization
ILRI International Livestock Research Institute
IMO International Maritime Organisation
IN Instituut voor Natuurbehoud (Institute of Nature Conservation)
INCO(-DC) International Cooperation (with Developing Countries)
INIBAP International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain
INTERREG Community initiative concerning border areas (INTERREG 1), concerning border development and cross-border cooperation (INTERREG 2), and concerning trans-European cooperation intended to encourage harmonious and balanced development of the European territory (INTERREG 3)
IPBO Instituut voor Plantenbiotechnologie voor Ontwikkelingslanden (Plant Biotechnology Institute for Developing Countries)
IPEN International Plant Exchange Network
IPGRI International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
IPH Scientific Institute of Public Health (formerly IHE)
IPR intellectual property rights
IRPI Inter-Disciplinary Research for Poplar Improvement
IRRI International Rice Research Institute
ISB Inventaire et Surveillance de la Biodiversité (Inventory and Monitoring of Biodiversity)
ISH Inventaire et Surveillance des Habitats (Inventory and Monitoring of Habitats)
ITPGR International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources
ITTO International Tropical Timber Organization
IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources - The World Conservation Union
 
JI joint implementation
 
KULeuven Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)
 
LANDSCAPE European Landscape Convention
LIFE Financial Instrument for the Environment
LMBP Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Plasmid collection (at UGent)
LMG Laboratory for Microbiology (at UGent)
LUC Limburgs Universitair Centrum (University Centre of Limburg) - now UHasselt: Universiteit Hasselt (Hasselt University)
 
MAE mesure agri-environnementale (agri-environmental measure)
MCPFE Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe
MDG Millennium Development Goals
MEA Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
MEA multilateral environmental agreement
METAFRO Metadata African Organisation
MIKE Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants
MINA Milieubeleids- en Natuurontwikkelingsplan voor Vlaanderen (Flanders Environment and Nature Policy Plan)
MIRA Milieurapport Vlaanderen (Flanders Environmental Report)
MMIS Milieu Management Informatiesysteem (Environmental Data Information System)
MMM Marien Milieu Marin (Marine Environment)
MOSAICC Micro-organisms, Sustainable Use and Access Regulation, International Code of Conduct
MPA marine protected area
MRW Ministère de la Région wallonne (Ministry of the Walloon Region)
MTA Material Transfer Agreement
MUCL Mycothèque de l'Université Catholique de Louvain (Mycological Collection of the Catholic University of Louvain)
MUIENR Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
MUMM Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models
 
NA not applicable
NAP National Action Programme
NARA Natuurrapport Vlaanderen (Flanders Nature Report)
NBGB National Botanic Garden of Belgium
NBSAP National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
NFP national focal point
NGO non-governmental organisation
NMK National Museums of Kenya
NoE Network of Excellence
NOP Nature Objective Plan
 
OA Official Aid
ODA Official Development Aid
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OFFH Observatoire de la Faune, de la Flore et des Habitats (Observatory of Fauna, Flora and Habitats)
OSPAR Oslo and Paris Conventions for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic
 
PBEPT Plan de Base Ecologique et Paysager Transfrontalier (Transboundary Ecological and Landscape Plan)
PCDN Plan Communal de Développement de la Nature (Municipal Nature Development Plan)
PEBLDS Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy
PEFC Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
PIRENE Programme Intégré de Recherche Environnement-Eau (Environment-Water Integrated Research Programme)
PoW Programme of Work
PRAS Plan Régional d'Affectation du Sol (Regional Land Use Plan)
PRSP Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
pSCI proposed Sites of Community Importance
 
RBINS Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
RDP Rural Development Programme
REIMP Regional Environmental Information Management Programme
RMCA Royal Museum for Central Africa
RTD Research and Technological Development
RZSA Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp
 
SAC Special Area of Conservation
SACEP South Asian Co-operative Environment Programme
SADC Southern African Development Community
SAGRIWATEL Suivi de l'Etat de l'Agriculture wallonne par Télédétection (Agriculture Monitoring by Remote Sensing in the Walloon Region)
SBB Service of Biosafety and Biotechnology
SBSTA Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (under UNFCCC)
SBSTTA Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (under UNCBD)
SCAR Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
SCBD Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment
SEP Structure Ecologique Principale (Major Ecological Structure)
SFM sustainable forest management
SGIB Sites de Grand Intérêt Biologique (Sites of Great Biological Interest)
SHER Société pour l'Hydraulique, l'Environnement et la Réhabilitation (Hydraulics, Environment and Rehabilitation Society)
SIBW Système d'informations sur la Biodiversité en Wallonie (System of Information on Biodiversity in Wallonia)
SoW State of the World
SPA Special Protection Area
SURWAL Surveillance de l'environnement wallon par les bioindicateurs (Monitoring of the state of the Walloon environment through bio-indicators)
SYGIAP Système de Gestion d'Information pour les Aires Protégées (Information Management System for Protected Areas)
SYNTHESYS Synthesis of Systematic Resources
 
TAFIRI Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute
 
UA Universiteit Antwerpen (University of Antwerp)
UCL Université Catholique de Louvain (Catholic University of Louvain)
UCT University of Cape Town
UDC University Development Cooperation
UE Union européenne (European Union)
UGent Universiteit Gent (Ghent University)
ULB University Libre de Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels)
ULg Université de Liège (University of Liège)
UMH Université de Mons-Hainaut (University of Mons-Hainaut)
UN United Nations
UNCBD United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNFF United Nations Forum on Forests
UNHCR United Nations Refugee Agency
UNIKIS Université de Kisangani (University of Kisangani)
UNIN University of the North
UNV United Nations Volunteers
 
VIB Vlaams Interuniversitair Instituut voor Biotechnologie (Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology)
VIS Vis Informatie Systeem (Fish Information System)
VLIR Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (Flemish Interuniversity Council)
VLIZ Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (Flanders Marine Institute)
VUB Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)
 
WHC World Heritage Convention
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
WMU Wildlife Management Unit
WWF Worldwide Fund for Nature

 
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