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Belgium's national action plan on marine litter
by Belgium (Federal Public Service of the Environment - Belgium) (Government)
Belgium commits to the preparation of a national action plan to combat marine litter. The scope of the national action plan will be broad, aiming to prevent macro, as well as micro litter, and to reduce land-based, as well as sea-based sources. Examples of types of litter and sources that will be addressed in the action plan are litter from the fisheries sector, single use plastic materials and primary microplastics. The action plan will also contain several cleaning activities such as the removal of fishing nets from ship wrecks and beach cleanups. Finally, there will be an important focus on collaboration on national level between different governmental bodies (local, regional and federal governments), and on international collaboration.

The national action plan will also contain an ambitious awareness raising component:

• Introduction of marine litter education in the educational program for professional fishermen;
• Awareness activities addressed to the general public are promoted, such as the organization of beach clean-up days, the preparation and distribution of promotional materials (video’s, leaflets, bookmarkers) in the coastal municipalities and during various promotional national events.
• Promotion and encouragement of educational programs from the local government and NGOs, such as marine litter lesson days/weeks for school children
• Broad public information campaign in an accessible way on the results of Belgian and international scientific research on marine litter and the impact on food chain safety, and onthe adoption of national polices in order to enhance awareness and public participation and stimulate a behavioral change.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Awareness raising
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions :
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
  • Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
August 2017
Adoption of the marine litter plan
August 2017
First ship wreck clean-up
June 2018
Awareness raising: fishermen education, school education, general public
March 2018
Beach clean-up day
Financing (in USD)
100,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
National focal point for the marine litter action plan (Department for the Marine Environment)
Basic information
Time-frame: 06/2017 - 12/2030
Federal Public Service for the Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Directorate General for the Environment, Department for the Marine Environment; Department for Product Policy; Department forMultilateral and Strategic Affairs. Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Directorate General for the United Nations
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sophie Mirgaux, Senior international negotiator , sophie.mirgaux@environment.belgium.be, +32476862938
Brussels, Belgium
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