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Year of the North Sea
by Belgian Federal Public Service for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (Government)
Secretary of State Philip De Backer, the Federal Public Service for the Environment, the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, WWF and Natuurpunt will join forces and turn 2018 into the "Year of the North Sea". Every month will get a specific theme (ex: marine litter) and we will make a dedicated short film about every theme.

The activities and actions of each month will be dedicated to that theme. The goal is to raise awareness in Belgium and to increase ocean literacy. Our aim is that at the end of the year, virtually everyone will be able to answer the basic question: "What do we want to protect in the Belgian part of the North Sea and on the Belgian coast and why?". The focus will be on positive messages, advantages from nature to humankind and the link to terrestrial natural values.
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
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Awareness raising
December 2018
Awareness raising materials for 12 themes related to the North Sea
December 2018
Increased awareness and ocean literacy
Financing (in USD)
20,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff of the different partners will collaborate and work on this project.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 August - 2018 December
Royal belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, WWF, Natuurpunt
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sophie Mirgaux, Ms. , sophie.mirgaux@environment.belgium.be, +32476862938
Brussels, Belgium
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