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Belgian long term vision for the North Sea 2050
by Secretary of State from the North Sea & Federal Public Service for the Environment (Government)
The long term vision for the North Sea 2050 is a bottom-up initiative of the Secretary of State for the North Sea, Mr. Philippe De Backer for which all sectors and stakeholders in Belgium are invited to participate in different working groups. There will be 3 different working groups:
- Naturalness;
- Multiple spatial use
- Blue economy and innovation.
These working groups will set out concrete future scenarios that have to benefit the North Sea. Each working group will provide input for a report which will be publized at the end of the year 2017.
The final report will also provide a timeline for monitoring and reporting, as well as a roadmap.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
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
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
December 2017
Final report with scenarios and roadmap
June 2017
Creation of 3 working groups
Staff / Technical expertise
Focal point within the Federal Public Service for the Environment
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2050
Belgian federal DG Environment (government), Secretary of State for the North Sea and his Cabinet (government), multiple scientific communities, multiple academic institutions, multiple NGOs, private sector (multiple actors).
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
North Sea countries
Contact information
Sophie Mirgaux, Ms. , sophie.mirgaux@environment.belgium.be, 0032476862938
Brussels, Belgium
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