How to use it?


The calculations to prepare the Nature Outlook 2030 and the Environment Outlook 2030 gave an exceptional number of results (indicators). This indicator atlas, an interactive web-based GIS-tool, makes the detailed spatial results online available.

Indicators make it possible to report on the observed or expected status and to follow its development for various functions (economic, social, ecological, etc.). These are instruments for the evaluation of the systems involved and for planning the decisions to evolve to more sustainable systems.

With the interpretation and analysis of the land use in Flanders over 100 indicators were calculated and described related to the living environment, fragmentation, quality of the environment, spatial distribution of nature, natural cohesion, recreational supply and pressure, and spatial clustering. Some classes of land use were combined in broader groups. The Urbanised area comprises all infrastructure, ports, industry and built-up surface area; open spaces includes everything that is not included as urbanised area such as nature, forest and agriculture classes. Green space includes all nature classes including arable land and grassland on which nature goals are realised.

Practical use

The best results are achieved using Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher) or a different browser.

Each indicator is shown on the basis of interactive maps, a description, an evaluation and a graph. Clicking on the links tab allows you to browse through the chapters in the Environment and Nature Outlook 2030 in which the indicator is described. It is also possible to click through to the scientific reports, which describe the composition and development of the indicator in more detail.

Visitors can easily and efficiently view the indicator of interest by means of a number of selection filters:

Indicator group and Indicators: :
An indicator group (forest, air, fragmentation, etc.) may be used to make an initial selection to find the right indicator amongst all the environmental and nature indicators formulated. If you do not select a topic you can find all indicators alphabetical under 'Indicators'.

Regional divisions and regions :
Almost all the indicators cover the territory of Flanders. Using a regional division (province, district, sub-basin, agricultural region) you can zoom in to a specific region.

Scenarios :
Each indicator was calculated for various scenarios. The codes shown in the list correspond to a combination of the following scenarios :

Nature scenarios (Nature Outlook):

  • Reference scenario (*R)
  • 'Separation' scenario (*S)
  • 'Integration' scenario (*I)

Environmental scenarios (Environment Outlook):

  • Reference scenario (R* or REF)
  • Europe scenario (E* or EUR)

The terrestrial outlook also includes climate outlooks, derived from international climate scenarios. The main target year in the Environment and Nature Outlook is 2030. 2050 and 2100 were also used as target years for climate change. Specific climate scenarios take the following variants into account:

Climate scenarios:

  • Dry
  • Temperate
  • Wet

Click for a schematic overview of the scenarios.

Printing an indicator :
A page for printing is created with all the elements available for the indicator for the scenario and zoom setting selected.

Map window :
The map window has a manual zoom function on the left (zoom function image) and a button for selecting a specific target year and for adding additional map layers on the right.

Animated map :
An animation shows the evolution over time of the scenario and zoom selected. You can then return to the static map.

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