Assessing the Conservation Status of the “Vlakte van de Raan” Marine Protected Area

The “Vlakte van de Raan” Special Area for Conservation has recently been spatially extended in the framework of a revision of the Belgian marine spatial plan (2020-2026). To ascertain a proper management of the MPA, an updated scientific assessment of the habitats and species is needed. Within this project, an up-to-date and comprehensive scientific description of the natural value of the area will be provided to determine the conservation status of the prevailing habitats and species (Annexes I and II of the Habitats Directive) and to propose conservation objectives for the management of the “Vlakte van de Raan” MPA.

Partners: Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (BE)