List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

ABS Access and Benefit-Sharing

ABS-CH Access and Benefit Sharing Clearing-House

AEWA African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement

AFLEG Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance

ANB Flemish Government, Ministry of Environment, Nature and Energy, Agentschap voor Nature en Bos or in English ‘Agency for Nature and Forests”

BBP Belgian Biodiversity Platform

BCH Biosafety Clearing-House

BEES BElgian Ecosystems and Society

Belspo Belgian Federal Science Policy Office

BEOH Belgian One Health Network

BIM Leefmilieu Brussel - Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment

BIOPOLS Belgian Biodiversity Policy Support Group

Bt GMO Genetically modified organism with a gene of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)

CAP Common Agricultural Policy

CBD or UNCBD, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

CBD NFP National Focal Point of the Convention on Biological Diversity

CCAMLR Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCIEP Committee for International Environment Policy

CEBIOS Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development programme

CEP Committee for Environmental Protection (under the Antarctic Treaty)

CEPA Communication, Education and Public Awareness

CESRW ‘Conseil Economic et Social de la Région Wallonne’or in English ‘Economic and Social Council of the Walloon Region’

CFDD Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development

CFP Common Fishery Policy

CGRFA FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CHM Clearing-House Mechanism

CIDD Interdepartmental Commission for Sustainable Development

CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CLO ‘Centrum voor Landbouwkundig Onderzoek’ of in English ‘Agricultural Research Center’

CMS Convention on Migratory Species

COP Conference of the Parties

COP/MOP Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties

CPB NFP Primary National Focal Point to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

CRA-W Walloon Agricultural Research Centre

CRIE ‘Centres Régional d’Initiation à l’Environnement’ or in English ‘Nature Education Center in Wallonia’

DEMNA 'Département de l'étude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole' of the Walloon Region

CSD Commission on Sustainable Development

CSWCN ‘Conseil Supérieur Wallon de la Conservation de la Nature’ or in English ‘Walloon Senior Nature Conservation Council’

CWEDD ‘Conseil Wallon pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable’ or in English ‘Walloon Council of the Environment for Sustainable Development’

DGA Ministry of the Walloon Region, Direction générale de l’Agriculture

DGARNE - DNF Ministry of the Walloon Region, Directorate-General for Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Department of Nature and Forests

DGDC Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Belgium, Belgian Development Cooperation

DIFTAR System of differentiated tariff for waste removal

DPSIR Driving forces, Pressures, States, Impacts, Responses method

DSI Digital Sequence Information

EAFRD European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

EEA European Environment Agency

EFF European Fisheries Fund

EIA Environmental Impact Assessment

ENAFLEG Europe and North Asia Forest Law Enforcement and Governance

ESD Education for Sustainable Development

EU European Union

EUFORGEN European Forest Genetic Resources Programme

EUROBAT Agreement on the Conservation of Bats in Europe

FACT Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade Dialogue

FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation

FLEGT Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade

FPS Federal Public Service

FPSD Federal Plan for Sustainable Development

FRDO Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development

FRPP Federal Reduction Plan for Pesticides

FSC Forest Stewardship Council

GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility

GBF Global Biodiversity Framework

GBO Global Biodiversity Outlook

GEF Global Environment Facility

GES Good Environmental Status

GM Genetically modified

GMO Genetically Modified Organism

GSPC NFP National Focal Points to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

GURT Genetic Use of Restriction Technologies

GTI Global Taxonomy Initiative

HNV High Nature Value

HVV Hubertus Vereniging Vlaanderen vzw

IAS Invasive Alien Species

IBGE Bruxelles Environnement - Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment

ICDO Interdepartmental Commission for Sustainable Development

ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

ICZM Integrated Coastal Zone Management

IEW Inter-Environnement Wallonie asbl

ILC Indigenous and Local Communities

ILO International Labor Organization

IMO International Maritime Organisation

INBO ‘Instituut voor Natuur- en Bos Onderzoek’ or in English ‘Institute for Nature and Forest Research’ of the Flemish Region

IPBES Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPCC  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IPEN International Plant Exchange Network

IPPC International Plant Protection Convention

ITTO International Tropical Timber Organisation

IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature

IVON ‘Integraal Verwevings- en Ondersteunend Netwerk’ or in English ‘Integrated Natural Interweaving and Support Network’

IWC International Whaling Commission

LAC Limits of Acceptable Change

LIFE EU Financial Instrument for the Environment

LMOs Living Modified Organisms

LNE ‘Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie’ or in English ‘Environment, Nature and Energy’

LV Flemish Government - Landbouw en visserij

MA Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

MAES European project "Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services"

MDGs Millennium Development Goals

MEAs Multilateral Environment Agreements

MFWB Ministère de la Communauté française Wallonie Bruxelles

MOSAICC Micro-organisms Sustainable Use and Access Regulation International Code of Conduct

MPAs Marine Protected Areas

MS Member States

MSFD Marine Strategy Framework Directive

MSP Marine Spatial Planning

MUMM Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models

NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

NAPAN Nationaal Actie Plan d’Action National

NBG National Botanical Garden of Belgium

NBS National Biodiversity Strategy

NBSAPs National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

NFPs National Forest Programmes

NGO Non-Governmental Organisation

NSSIAS National Scientific Secretariat on Invasive Alien Species

OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

OEWG Open Ended Working Group

OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic

PCDN ‘Plan Communaux pour le Développement de la Nature’ or in English ‘Communal Plans for Nature Development’

PDOV ‘Plan Duurzame Ontwikkeling voor Vlaanderen’ or in English ‘Plan for Sustainable Development for the Flemish Region’

PEBLDS Pan-European Biodiversity and Landscape Strategy

PEDD ‘Plan d’Environnement pour le Développement Durable de la Wallonie’ or in English ‘Environmental Plan for Sustainable Development of Wallonia’

PEFC Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes

PGRFA Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

PNC Provincie Limburg, Provinciaal Natuurcentrum – Provincial Nature Centre

PP Position Paper

PRIBEL Pesticide Risk Index Belgium

PRD-GewOP ‘Plan regional de développement / Gewestelijk Ontwikkelingsplan’ or in English ‘Regional Development Plan of Brussels-Capital Region’

PRDD Plan régional de développement durable

PRPB The federal Programme for the Reduction of Pesticides and Biocides

RBINS Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

RMCA Royal Museum for Central Africa

ROS Recreation Opportunity Spectrum

SAC Special Areas for Conservation

SBSTTA Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

SBI Subsidiary Body on Implementation

SEA Strategic Impact Assessment

SEBI Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators

SEEA System of Environmental-Economic Accounting

SFM Sustainable Forest Management

SIA Strategic Impact Assessment

SPA Special Protection Areas

SPI Science-Policy Interface

SRPD Sustainable Regional Development Plan

SSD Science for a Sustainable Development

SWAP Sector-Wide Approaches

TBEW ‘Tableau de bord de l’environnement wallon’ or in English ‘Scoreboard of the Walloon environment’

TAC Total Allowable Catches (for fishery)

TfB Together for Biodiversity Movement

TRIPS Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights

UA Universiteit Antwerpen

UCL Université Catholique de Louvain

UNCBD United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (or CBD)

UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNDP United Nations Development Programme

UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change

UNCLOS United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNDP United Nations Development Programme

UPOV International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

VEN ‘Vlaams Ecologisch Netwerk’ or in English ‘Flemish Ecological Network’

VITO Flemish RTO - research and technology organisation

VLIZ ‘Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee’ or in English ‘Flanders Marine Institute’

VO LNE Flemish Government, Ministry of Environment, Nature and Energy, Department LNE

VSDO Vlaamse Strategie Duurzame Ontwikkeling – Flemish Sustainable development Strategy

WCO World Custom’s Organisation

WG Working Group

WHC World Heritage Convention

WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization

WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development

WTO World Trade Organisation

WHO World Health Organisation

WPIEI Working Party on International Environment Issues