Climate, biodiversity, desertification, forests, oceans... : topical themes that are a priority of the Belgian foreign policy.
Land restoration, more than desperately needed (27 April 2022)
From 9 to 20 May, Ivory Coast is set to host the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP15). Land restoration is crucial to the future of humanity, a message Belgium wants to highlight.
Ridding the world of plastic pollution (19 April 2022)
A legally binding, ambitious treaty must be concluded by 2024 in order to address plastic pollution. This was the resolution made by the international community in Nairobi in March 2022. The Belgian delegation helped push for a far-reaching agreement.
BIO wants renewable energy for all (23 March 2022)
The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries has a long tradition of investing in renewable energy. In 2022, this amounts to 55 million euros – more than a quarter of its budget.
Belgium's climate finance: significant results, but not enough to meet climate challenges (25 February 2022)
The Special Evaluation Office has conducted a thorough review of Belgian climate finance. Belgium's success is significant, however, the impact of climate actions does not match the climate challenges. This is mainly because the main players lack a common vision. For this reason, the government will clarify the priorities for climate measures and give more guidance and resources to the players involved.
Belgium wants more climate ambition worldwide (14 December 2021)
Belgium is increasing its climate funding for poorer countries. It is also urging the development banks to stop supporting coal and go full steam ahead with renewable energy.
Will the Glasgow climate summit be a turning point for humanity? (14 October 2021)
Climate disruption is showing up closer and closer to home. After COP26 in Glasgow (1-12 November 2021), can humanity make a radical move towards a climate-neutral society by 2050? We asked Ulrik Lenaerts (FPS Foreign Affairs), the number 2 of the Belgian climate delegation, for an explanation.
Biodiversity, a matter of survival (23 September 2021)
The much-needed UN Biodiversity Conference has been postponed to April-May 2022. Nevertheless, our country will continue to press hard for an ambitious biodiversity policy within the EU and the UN. We asked from the Belgian biodiversity delegation to explain the situation: Ines Verleye (FPS Environment, head) and Annemie Van der Avort (FPS Foreign Affairs, member).
Belgium helps build the Great Green Wall (23 March 2021)
Belgium has made a commitment to the 'Great Green Wall': an ambitious initiative aimed at restoring 100 million hectares of land in the Sahel, creating green jobs for the inhabitants and improve food security.
The Great Green Wall: a wall that unites (23 October 2020)
Under the ‘Great Green Wall’ initiative, 20 million hectares of land have so far been restored. The 11 Sahel countries involved, along with the UN, want this ‘miracle in the making’ to be finished by 2030. That means that, every year, 8.2 million hectares of land must be restored at a total cost of possibly 4.3 billion dollars. Belgium is doing its bit.
Belgium, on its way towards a circular economy (17 September 2020)
Belgium ranks among the top 10 largest contributors of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the leading global environmental authority. The UN organization wrote an article on how Belgium is committed to a truly circular economy. We present it here in its entirety.
12 tips for combatting climate change (10 September 2020)
The EU is demonstrating its climate ambitions with its Green Deal. But the Deal can only succeed if everyone takes part. That's why we're suggesting a few tips to help individual citizens do their bit.
What happens with your CO2 compensation? (7 September 2020)
What exactly happens with the money you pay to compensate your CO2 emissions? Here’s what research tells us. BIO, Enabel and the FPS Foreign Affairs are already making efforts to limit their CO2 emissions as much as possible and then compensate the remaining emissions.
Deforestation down to your daily shopping (28 August 2020)
Coffee, chocolate, beef, chocolate spread, biscuits, soap and furniture. Each of these items may be the cause of deforestation in their countries of origin. How can consumers prevent this “imported deforestation” as much as possible?
EU: Biodiversity deserves a boost (6 July 2020)
The European Commission has developed a bold EU biodiversity strategy, which is an integral part of its Green Deal. ‘Making nature healthy is key to our physical and mental well-being, and is an ally in the fight against climate disruption and disease outbreaks,’ said Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen.
Tropical forests gradually store less carbon (5 March 2020)
Tropical forests are gradually losing their capacity to store carbon. If no timely action is taken, they could even start emitting carbon by 2035. This is demonstrated by a large-scale study in which the AfricaMuseum played a leading role.
Virunga: jobs protecting forests (10 December 2019)
The majestic Virunga park (DR Congo) is one of our planet’s treasures, but its rich nature is threatened by logging, fishing, poaching and armed groups. Only jobs and more jobs can provide a solution. Belgian Emmanuel de Merode intends to create 100,000 of them.
Why biodiversity is important (24 June 2019)
Find out why biodiversity is vital to humanity and the planet.
François-Xavier de Donnea: ‘The forests of the Congo Basin are threatened’ (1 April 2019)
The forests of the Congo Basin are rich in natural resources. However, they are threatened by high population growth and corruption. The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is working to preserve them. We met François-Xavier de Donnea, Facilitator of the Partnership, to find out more.
12 reasons why forests are important (7 August 2018)
Forests may not often be at the forefront of our minds, but they surely are of inestimable value. In fact they are crucial to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We list 12 reasons why they are so important.
14 tips to prevent plastic pollution (17 July 2018)
Plastic threatens life on land and in the oceans. How can you make sure that much less or no plastic ends up in the environment? We give you 14 tips.
Everything you have always wanted to know about renewable energy in Africa (11 December 2017)
In order to combat climate change, the transition to renewable energy needs to be stepped up. What stage has been reached in Africa? We asked Pépin Tchouate Heteu, an expert in sustainable energy in Africa.
6 dangers threatening our oceans (9 June 2017)
Our impact on our planet is shockingly big. Even the oceans strain under our relentless activities. A brief overview gives an idea what the consequences are for Earth's flora and fauna, and ultimately what the consequences are for ourselves. Conclusion: high time to change course!