In Belgium, the designation and management of Natura 2000 sites in the marine environment belong to the competences of the federal government. The legal basis for the designation and management is the federal Law on the protection of the marine environment of 1999. A Royal Decree of 2005 designated three areas for the protection of certain birds species and two areas for the protection of certain habitat types. The protection of the sites include some limited prohibitions of certain activities, a procedure for an appropriate assessment for plans and projects, the making of a policy plan and the use of voluntary user agreements with stakeholders. Several activities however can not be restricted under the federal legislation. It is uncertain whether the conservation goals can be obtained with the rather limited set of measures that have been taken so far.
|Journal||De Levende Natuur: tijdschrift voor Natuurbehoud en Natuurbeheer|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
EWI Biomedical sciences