Political Monitoring - 11 October 2021

The political monitoring by the Belgian National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity is carried out on a periodic basis, with the goal of informing about political processes related to biodiversity in Belgium and the EU: the Chamber, the Senate, the Walloon Parliament, the Parliament of the Walloon-Brussels federation, the Flemish Parliament, the Brussels Parliament and the EU Parliament. An overview of topics discussed in the two most recent monitorings is provided below, together with pdf versions of the monitoring documents that include links to reports of the discussions. Pdf copies of older political monitorings can be found under the files list on the right.

We hope you enjoy the read!

All monitorings here: https://www.biodiv.be/biodiversity-in-belgium/politicalmonitoring


Four Belgian Ministers (Zakia Khattabi, Zuhal Demir, Céline Tellier & Alain Maron) just launched the "Belgian Biodiversity Alliance" in the context of currently ongoing UN Biodiversity COP15, in Kunming in China and virtually. The aim of the alliance is to mobilise the whole of Belgian society in a very concrete way in the fight against biodiversity loss in Belgium and beyond our borders. 

Please find the press releases here (FR) and here (NL).

Also, a series of 3 roundtables are organised this week during the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the 2021-22 UN Biodiversity Conference, where our ministers will make a statement.

Roundtable B : Closing the Financing Gap and ensuring the means of implementation
(12 October 2021; 1PM - 3PM Belgian time)

  • Mr. Jelle Van den Berghe, Representative of Flemish Minister for Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism
  • Ms. Zakia Khattabi, Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal

Roundtable C : Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development 
(13 October 2021; 4AM - 6.30AM Belgian time)

  • Ms. Céline Tellier, Minister, Walloon Ministry of Environment, Nature, Animal Welfare and Rural Renovation

Please visit the CBD website for more information on the HLS.


Parlement Wallon

1. 05/10/2021 | Commission pour l'Environnement | Question on page 29

Question orale de M. Antoine à Mme Tellier, sur « la conservation des pollinisateurs sauvages en Wallonie »

2. 05/10/2021 | Commission pour l'Environnement | Question on page 32
Question orale de M. Matagne à Mme Tellier, sur « le frelon asiatique » 

3. 08/09/2021 | Séance Plénière | Question on page 17
Question de M. Dodrimont à Mme Tellier sur « les aides spécifiques aux agriculteurs pour la protection des eaux »

4. 07/09/2021 | Commission pour l'Environnement | Question on page 21
Question orale de M. Desquesnes à Mme Tellier sur « les quantités de pesticides utilisées en Wallonie »

5. 07/09/2021 | Commission pour l'Environnement | Question on page 55
Question orale de M. Cornillie à Mme Tellier sur « le premier appel à projets de végétalisation de l'espace public »

6. 07/09/2021 | Commission pour l'Environnement | Question on page 57
Question orale de M. Witsel à Mme Tellier sur « l'impact des inondations sur les forêts wallonnes et le suivi du projet « Forêt résiliente » »


Vlaams Parlement

7. 06/10/2021 | Commissie voor Landbouw, Visserij en Plattelandsbeleid | Question on page 18
Vraag van Emmily Talpe aan Hilde Crevits over het Vlaamse strategische plan ter uitvoering van het gemeenschappelijk landbouwbeleid na 2020

8. 05/10/2021 | Commissie voor Leefmilieu, Natuur, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Energie | Question on page 3
Vraag om uitleg over de aangetekende beroepen van het Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos tegen ontbossing


Brussels Parliament

9. 29/09/2021 | Commission Environnement | Proposition page 20
Question jointe de Mme Ingrid Parmentier et Mme Lotte Sttops à Alain Maron, concernant "les cimetières bruxellois, refuges pour la biodiversité"

10. 29/09/2021 | Commission Environnement | Proposition page 29
Question orale de Mme Aurélie Czekalski à Alain Maron concernant "les plantes invasives de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale"


EU Parliament

11. 04/10/2021 | Plenary Session
Report on the role of development policy in the response to biodiversity loss in developing countries

12. 11/10/2021 | Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Presentation by the Commission representatives of the JRC study "Modelling environmental and climate ambition in the agricultural sector with the CAPRI model"