INSPIRE Knowledge Base


LMO Description
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Flemish Region
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>OVAM is responsible for waste management and soil remediation in Flanders. It is a public Flemish Institution, established after the decree of July 2nd, 1981 covering waste management and prevention. Waste removal and soil remediation were included as well. In 1995, Flanders got a more specific legislation on soil remediation : the soil remediation decree. The Flemish Minister of Environment is responsible for waste management in Flanders. Ovam works out and implements its policy.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    OVAM 's 2 main activities are waste management and soil management. The waste management policy was initially focused on cleaning up waste and setting up an effective infrastructure for waste management. Now, it has evolved towards a focus on prevention. Properly developed waste management does not automatically lead to sustainable production and consumption. Consequently, ‘sustainable materials management’ has been declared as OVAM’s focus of action. The soil remediation decree provides the Flemish government with a powerful instrument to fight historical as well as recent soil pollution. Priorities in its soil management policy are: redevelopment of 'brown fields' which are abandoned or underexploited industrial sites, implementation of a logical residential area policy,a rbitration in complex contamination cases, remediation of the water bed, in accordance with the European Water Framework Directive, implementation of the Flanders Action Plan for Cadmium
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Flemish Region
    Societal Sector: 
    Regional governement
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    data management
    Primary Business: 
    Environmental Management
    Environmental application domains: 
    Monitoring Soil pollution , Monitoring Waste