Belgium

Belgium

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

  • The Belgian Part of the North Sea is a relatively small area with many different uses
  • Current main uses:
    • Offshore renewable energy production
    • Shipping
    • Ports
    • Mineral extraction
    • Nature conservation
    • Fisheries
    • Military
    • Scientific research
  • Other current uses: aquaculture zones, coastal defence, ammunition storage site, measuring poles and radars
  • Future uses:
    • Submarine cables and pipelines
    • Aquaculture
  • Other future uses: offshore energy storage
  • Issues: uses within nature protection zones and MPAs, offshore wind development

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

Maritime Spatial Plan for the Belgian Part of the North Sea, March 2014

  • The plan contains the following sectors:

    • Shipping
    • Ports
    • Mineral extraction
    • Offshore renewable energy production
    • Fishing
    • Aquaculture
    • Tourism (incl. recreation and sports)
    • Under water cultural heritage
    • Nature protection
    • Military
    • Scientific Research
    • Submarine cables and pipelines

MSP legislation

The planning process at the national level has a legal basis in the Marine Environment Act of January 20, 1999, amended in 2012 to include the development of an MSP for Belgian waters. Its name was also amended to "Act for the protection of marine environment and for the organisation of maritime spatial planning in the maritime regions under the Belgian jurisdiction."

A Royal Decree of November 20, 2012 dictates the establishment of an advisory committee and the procedure for the adoption of a MSP in the Belgian maritime regions. The Royal Decree of March 20, 2014 adopts the present MSP (incl. annexes, see above).

National MSP authority

Belgian Minister of the North Sea

Contact

Marine Environment Division of the Directorate General of Environment of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

Steven Vandenborre

Jesse Verhalle
 

Federal Government Service for Mobility Director General Shipping

Jeroen Van Overloop

 

Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models and the Scheldt estuary (MUMM), a department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)

Steven Degraer

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Last Update 02.11.2017