Built-up and related land (i72)

  •  17/10/2022
  • objective  
  •  assessment 

In 2020, 21.6% of the Belgian land surface was built-up and related land. There is no sustainable development goal for the built-up area. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure should not increase. Between 2000 and 2020 the trend is unfavourable (assessment of November 2021).

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Built-up and related land - Belgium

percentage of continental surface

 1990200020102015201920202020//19902020//2015
Belgium16.318.520.020.621.521.60.91.0
//: Average Growth Rates

Statbel (2021), Utilisation du sol par commune et région, la Belqique (1834-2020), https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 28/09/2021); calculations FPB.

Built-up and related land by region - Belgium

percentage of continental surface

 19902000200520102015201920202020//19902020//2015
Brussels-Capital Region75.377.378.078.579.280.080.20.20.2
Flemish Region21.324.425.426.427.228.528.61.01.0
Walloon Region11.813.113.714.214.715.315.40.91.0
//: Average Growth Rates

Statbel (2021), Utilisation du sol par commune et région, la Belqique (1834-2020), https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 28/09/2021); calculations FPB.

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: the share of the built-up and related land must not rise.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 15.5: "Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats /[…/]". On this basis, the share of the built-up and related land must not rise.

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 15.5, to take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats.

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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