Natura 2000 protected marine area

In 2017, 36.8% of the Belgian marine surface was a Natura 2000 protected area. To achieve the sustainable development goal, this figure must be at least 10% by 2020. This objective has already been reached.

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Natura 2000 protected marine area - Belgium - trend assessment

percentage of total Belgian marine surface

 200020052010201520162017202020252030
observations----36.6536.8036.8036.80------
trend and extrapolation----36.6036.7736.8136.8436.9237.0137.06
objective 203010.0010.0010.0010.0010.0010.0010.0010.0010.00

Calculations FPB based on EEA (2017), Natura 2000 barometer statistics, http://www.eea.europa.eu/ and on FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (2016), Notre mer en quelques mots, http://www.health.belgium.be/fr/notre-mer-en-quelques-mots (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Natura 2000 protected marine area - Belgium

percentage of total Belgian marine surface

 201020112012201320142015201620172017//2010
Belgium36.6536.5636.5636.7936.7936.8036.8036.800.06
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on EEA (2018), Natura 2000 barometer statistics, http://www.eea.europa.eu/ and on FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (2016), Notre mer en quelques mots, http://www.health.belgium.be/fr/notre-mer-en-quelques-mots (consulted on 31/07/2018).

Definition: this indicator represents the share of Natura 2000 protected marine areas (under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC - Official Journal of the European Union, 22/7/1992 - and/or the Birds Directive 79/409/EEC - Official Journal of the European Union, 25/4/1979) in the total Belgian marine area (which includes the territorial waters, the exclusive economic area and the continental plate). The indicator is calculated by the FPB on the basis of data from the European Environment Agency and the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

Goal: a share of 10% of protected marine and coastal surface.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 14.5: “By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information”. This target has already been widely reached in Belgium.

International comparison: no comparison can be made, since the data on the total marine areas of the EU Member States are not available on Eurostat's website.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 14.5.1 - Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

More information is available in FR (French) and NL (Dutch).