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Flemish Government, Environment, Nature and Energy, Flemish Environment Agency, Afdeling Water
Native name
Vlaamse Overheid, Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie, Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij, Afdeling Water
A. Van de Maelestraat 96
+ 32 (0)53 72 64 45
+ 32 (0)53 71 10 78
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The VMM is a Flemish government agency. All aspects of the environmental policy except product policy, protection of the North Sea and ionising radiation lie within the exclusive competence of the regions in Belgium. Environmental policy in Flanders is part of the policy domain Environment, Nature and Energy, for which the Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Energy is responsible. The VMM is an internally independent agency with powers of jurisdiction. The mission of VMM is to contribute to the realisation of the objectives of the environmental policy by: * preventing, limiting and eliminating the harmful effects to water systems and the atmosphere; * reporting on the state of the environment; * the realisation of the objectives of integrated water management. Moreover, the Flemish Environment Agency has an important role in motivating and stimulating a more environmentally friendly behaviour of the general public, industry and agricultural sector representatives. VMM also participates in international environmental policy. The extensive series of tasks include: water, air, MIRA (State of the Environment Reporting). Water: * Drawing up the water emissions register. * Monitoring the quality of surface water, sediments and wastewater, as well as monitoring the bacteriological quality of bathing water, both for coastal and inland waters. * Monitoring the quality and quantity of ground water. * Developing policy instruments and elaborating measures to prevent and limit the pollution of water systems. * Coordination of the integrated water policy: chair and secretariat of the Flemish Coordination Commission for Integrated Water Policy. * Drafting investment programmes for waste water treatment (i.e. regional waste water collectors and treatment plants). * Developing investment programmes for the construction or improvement of municipal sewer systems, as well as small-scale treatment plants, and preparation of municipal subsidy programmes. * Ecological and economic supervision of waste water treatment. * Advising on the granting of environmental permits and on the water test (urban planning). * Levying taxes on industrial water pollution and groundwater abstraction. * Supervising the ecological aspects of water intended for human consumption. * Managing unnavigable waterways of first category in Flanders: safety measures (flood prevention), measures to maintain and improve the ecological quality of waterways (investments, rodent control), on-line flood forecasting system. For more information:

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Collating centre
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models, Belgian Marine Data Centre (MUMM-BMDC)
Latest update
30 October 2009 10:22:57 AM