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Folder Actors and distribution of competences

The implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity is carried out by the federal government, the regions, the communities and the local authorities (provinces and municipalities).

The regions are in charge of territorial matters. They have therefore the greatest amount of responsibilities on biodiversity-related issues: nature conservation, forest management, agriculture, exploitation of natural resources, land use and spatial planning, hunting, fisheries, etc. They are also in charge of tourism, which is a competence that has been delegated to them by the communities.

The federal government is more specifically involved in the international dimension, the external relations and in matters related to the North Sea. It is the federal government that undertakes the follow-up of trade in threatened species and that takes measures relating to the trade of exotic species.

The communities take care of issues linked to culture, research, education and public awareness. The regions and the federal government can also raise public awareness in their own fields of competence.

The provinces and the municipalities play an important role at the local level, in accordance with regional policy.

The coherence of actions at national level is ensured by a coordination mechanism composed of representatives from the federal government, the regions and the communities. It is called the Coordinating Committee for International Environment Policy (CCIEP).


Folder The Belgian Steering Committee 'Biodiversity Convention'
Folder Access members - Steering Committees CBD & Nature [Restricted access]
Folder Structures for CBD implementation at the federal level
Folder Structures for CBD implementation in the Flemish Region
Folder Structures for CBD implementation in the Walloon Region
Folder Structures for CBD implementation in the Brussels-Capital Region
HTML Document Belgium, a Federal State
HTML Document Distribution of biodiversity-related competences in Belgium
Pointer National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Pointer Contact points for biodiversity-related agreements in Belgium
Pointer National focal points for thematic and cross-cutting issues under the Convention on Biological Diversity
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