Belgian Biodiversity Alliance

Biodiversity protects us when it is protected

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The Belgian Biodiversity Alliance is a national initiative in favour of biodiversity that aims to bring together actors from all sectors – citizens, companies, municipalities, financial institutions, administrations, etc. – around the same objective: to restore biodiversity and fight against its erosion in Belgium and beyond, in a very concrete way, through voluntary engagements.

The BBA aims to create a network across Belgium, of both actors and initiatives, in support of the national, European and global targets on biodiversity towards the 2050 Vision of living in harmony with nature for the benefit of people and the Planet (United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity vision).

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Belgium is a densely populated and highly urbanised country, with limited and fragmented open spaces between stretches of urban and low density peri-urban areas. It also has a high ecological footprint due to its specific production and consumption patterns, high volumes of importations, exportations and transits. To optimise its contribution to the biodiversity objectives, both in Belgium and abroad, the BBA will focus on two pathways that address the specific Belgian challenges.

2 axes - 10 objective

The engagements are structured around a set of ten objectives that reflect the key issues on biodiversity in Belgium.

For each of these two axes, five quantified objectives have been developed. They provide an ambitious but realistic framework, based on existing targets at national and European levels.

For each of the objectives, criteria are provided to validate and monitor the engagements.

AXE 1

Expanding the green-blue network in, around and between cities to enhance biodiversity.

Belgium is a highly urbanised country which results in fragmentation of green and blue open spaces in, within and across urban and peri-urban areas. This affects the surrounding environment: animal species who cannot access a feeding or nesting site, migratory routes being cut, surface of natural habitats being reduced, etc. Expanding Belgium’s green-blue network will bring concrete ecological and socio-economic solutions in particular in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss, water management, soil erosion and air pollution.

Urban and peri-urban areas

Buildings and infrastructures

Bed & Breakfasts for wild pollinators

Nature-based solutions

Ecological connectivity

AXE 2

Making Belgian production and consumption more biodiversity-positive

Belgium has a high ecological footprint and puts significant pressure on biodiversity. It is due to its dense population, its specific production and consumption patterns and its high volumes of importations, exportations and transits. These production and consumption patterns have negative consequences on Belgian territory but also abroad, as Belgium is a large importer of commodities and products. This results in loss, fragmentation and degradation of natural habitats and ecosystems, such as forests, savannahs, wetlands, mangroves, rivers. To achieve sustainability and resilience of various economic sectors, it is imperative to shift Belgian consumption and production patterns. Accounting for impacts on biodiversity is also crucial. This shift will benefit and enhance biodiversity in Belgium and abroad.

Local and neutral for biodiversity crops & animal products

Neutral for biodiversity primary production areas

Neutral for biodiversity imported commodities

Surplus food

Biodiversity-friendly financial flows

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Model projects

Partners

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Hasselt University

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Jane Goodall Institute Belgium

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Leefmilieu Brussel - Bruxelles Environnement

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SPW Agriculture, Ressources naturelles et Environnement

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Regionale Landschappen

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Agentschap Natuur en Bos

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Instituut Natuur-en Bosonderzoek

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Vlaams Bijeninstituut

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De Bosgroepen

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Belgian Biodiversity Platform

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The Shift

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Vlaamse Landmaatschappij

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