Built-up and related land

In 2019, 21.5% of the Belgian land surface was built-up and related land. There is no sustainable development goal for the built-up area.

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Built-up and related land - Belgium

percentage of Belgian continental surface

 19902000201020142015201820192019//19902019//2014
Belgium16.318.520.020.520.621.421.51.01.0
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on Statistics Belgium (2020), Utilisation du sol par commune et région, la Belqique (1834-2019), https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 17/06/2020).

Built-up and related land by region - Belgium

percentage of continental surface

 19902000200520102015201820192019//19902019//2015
Brussels-Capital Region75.377.378.078.579.279.880.00.20.3
Flemish Region21.324.425.426.427.228.328.51.01.1
Walloon Region11.813.113.714.214.715.215.30.91.1
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on Statistics Belgium (2020), Utilisation du sol par commune et région, la Belqique (1834-2019), https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 17/06/2020).

Definition: this indicator shows the share of the built-up and related land in relation to the continental surface of the Belgian territory (area of the Belgian territory without its marine area). The built-up and related land includes buildings, transport infrastructures and gardens. The indicator is calculated by the FPB on the basis of data from Statistics Belgium.

Goal: there is no sustainable development goal for the share of the built-up and related land.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 15.9: “By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts”.

International comparison: there is no comparison because data are not available on Eurostat’s website.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for SDGs but is related to target 15.9, because the management of the built-up and related land is part of the local planning that should integrate ecosystem and biodiversity protection.

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 24/09/2020).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 24/09/2020).

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