|Designation||The Natura 2000 network in Flanders covers 165.000 ha or 12% of its territory. SPA designation is adequate with 94% overlap with IBAs.
Also SAC designation has been completed, but many SACs have been designated in a minimalistic way and result in constellations of many little separate areas. Huge fragmentation of the N2000 network in densely populated Flanders causes a lot of problems.
A favourable conservation status for habitats and species will be impossible to restore without a sufficient supporting national policy outside Natura 2000.
In 2010 Flemish conservation objectives were approved for all species and habitats of the annexes of the Directives. By the end of 2012 these will be translated into site specific conservation goals for all SAC’s and overlapping SPA’s.
It is planned to develop within 5 years management plans for all Natura 2000 sites, in which the conservation objectives will be translated into conservation measures.
These management plans will also include implementation contracts between stakeholders and as such clarify who is going to realise which goals by which means.
Meanwhile, the Flemish government and the main stakeholder groups signed an agreement (“ViA Pact 2020”) to implement 70% of the conservation objectives by 2020.
|Financing||There is funding for various instruments in nature conservation, forestry etc. but very little funding is specifically oriented towards the implementation of Natura 2000 objectives.
Foreseen reorientation of existing funding sources will negatively affect spending in Natura 2000.
A Prioritised Action Framework is under construction (deadline is end 2012).