Local and Regional Authorities, stakeholders and citizens are welcomed to contact their relevant Member States Competent Authorities for Invasive Alien Species (IAS) information and reporting. Member States Competent Authorities contributed to the preparation of baseline distributions of invasive alien species of Union Concern under EU Regulation 1143/2014, and have the obligation of reporting the presence of IAS of Union concern, under Art. 16 of the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.

Belgium

The Belgian implementation of the EU Regulation is specified following a cooperation agreement (CA) between the Federal authority, the Communities and the Regions. The CA calls into existence:

Regions:

The three regions are responsible for the prevention, monitoring, management and reporting of IAS on their own territory.

Federal:

The federal authority is competent for the importation, exportation and transit of non-indigenous species, including IAS.

The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Department Environment, is the competent authority in charge of implementing all federal competences linked to IAS, and in particular article 15 of the IAS regulation (with the support of customs and the Federal Agency for the Food Chain Safety).

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is a Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BelSPO) initiative that works in cooperation with Belgian federal authorities. It provides services to the Belgian scientific community engaged in biodiversity research. It maintains information systems, risk assessment and risk management tools for IAS.

The Management Unit of the Mathematical Model of the North Sea (MUMM) of the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences is in charge of ensuring the scientific expertise on marine species for the implementation of the EU Regulation.

Belgian monitoring, surveillance and rapid response portals

The early warning system in Belgium works through the bilingual portal Waarnemingen.be/Observations.be

Flanders has developed Vespawatch, a specific portal for the monitoring and management of the asian hornet, Vespa velutina.

Wallonia has developed a specific portal for monitoring of IAS by citizens and professionals.