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Folder Implementation

The path towards the target of reducing (or even stop) the loss of biodiversity is guided by a range of international and European agreements signed by the Belgian government.

Some of these agreements aim to protect species, such as the Washington Convention (CITES) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Others are oriented towards the conservation of natural habitats and sites, such as the Ramsar Convention and the World Heritage Convention.

The Convention on Biological Diversity offers a general framework for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It tackles multiple subjects such as

  • thematic issues : biodiversity of agricultural lands, forests, mountains, islands, marine and coastal areas, dry and sub-humid lands and inland waters,
  • cross-cutting issues : protected areas, exotic species, access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, traditional knowledge, sustainable use, education and public awareness, indicators, scientific and technical cooperation, etc.

In Belgium, the implementation of these agreements is conditioned by the complex political structure of the country. The competences linked to biodiversity are shared between the federal government, the regions and the communities. The regions however are the main actors in the design and execution of biodiversity policy.

This section of the website focuses on the Convention on Biological Diversity. The other international agreements will be briefly presented in a specific section.

Folder Actors and distribution of competences
Folder Legislation and policy
Folder National Strategy
Folder Key documents
Folder Thematic Programmes
Folder Cross-Cutting Issues
Folder International day for biodiversity
Folder Stakeholders dialogues on Biodiversity
Folder Surveys related to biodiversity policies development
HTML Document CBD ratification process in Belgium
Pointer Access for members of the BE Contact Groups for the CBD
Pointer Access for members of the EU Working Groups (WPIEI and CGBN)
Pointer Access for members of the Steering Committee Biodiversity Convention
Pointer Access for members of the Steering Committee Nature
Pointer CBD COP & Intersessional meetings
HTML Document Contact points (CBD & other agreements)
Pointer EU Council Conclusions on Biodiversity
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