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Freshwater - Outlook 2020 (Belgium)

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Outlook concerning ecological and chemical status for surface water and a good quantitative and chemical status for groundwater in the Belgian regions
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Published: 05 Nov 2010 Modified: 21 Mar 2015 Feed synced: 22 Dec 2010 original
Key message

Belgium still has a long way to go in order to achieve a good status by 2015

The 2000/60/EC directive requires integrated management of water by river basin district, and sets strict qualitative and quantitative objectives so that surface and groundwater can maintain or achieve a good status by 2015 (a good ecological and chemical status for surface water and a good quantitative and chemical status for groundwater). The Belgian territory is concerned by 4 international river basin districts (Scheldt, Meuse, Rhine and in a very small extent Seine).

At the current stage of the analysis, 62 % of the Belgian surface water bodies (348/559) run the risk of not achieving a good qualitative status by 2015. The problems are mainly in the district of the Scheldt and in certain sub-catchments in the Meuse district (e.g. Sambre and Vesdre for example). Regarding ground waters, the situation is quite similar in the sense that approximately 58 % of water bodies run the risk of not achieving a good chemical and quantitative status by 2015.

 

 

Failure to achieve a good (ecological and chemical) status in 2015 for surface waters (number of water bodies)

 

Flemish Region

Walloon Region

Brussels Capital Region

Total

Risk

195

151

2

348

No Risk

7

203

1

211

Undetermined Risk

0

0

0

0

Total

202

354

3

559

 

Failure to achieve a good (chemical and quantitative) status in 2015 for ground waters (number of water bodies)

 

Flemish Region

Walloon Region

Brussels Capital Region

Total

Risk

35

10

1

46

No Risk

7

23

4

34

Undetermined Risk

0

0

0

0

Total

42

33

5

80

Sources : VMM (Integraal Water Beleid - Vol van Water), SPW-DGARNE (directive-cadre eau), IBGE-BIM

 

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The country assessments are the sole responsibility of the EEA member and cooperating countries supported by the EEA through guidance, translation and editing.

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