Network of ecological infrastructure
Port of Antwerp-Bruges, the Scheldt Left Bank Corporation (MLSO) and Natuurpunt signed the ‘More Natural Port of Antwerp’ charter in 2000. The partners committed themselves to implementing an ecological infrastructure of more than 600 hectares, without jeopardising the development and operation of the port. This is 5 percent of the port area's total surface area. The ecological network at the port includes core areas, corridors and stepping stones, which together create a sustainable living area for 90 protected plant and animal species.
695 hectares were developed within the ecological infrastructure network in 2020. This means we have been achieving the proposed surface area objectives for the past two years. The three parties will continue to focus on improving the quality of the network by carrying out the actions from the Species Protection Programme.