MOW

Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works

The Ports and Water Policy Division of the Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works plans the ports policy and the long-term vision for the river Scheldt, and works on the integrated water policy and shipping policy, both in a regional and in an international context. Within the StratMoS project, the Ports and Water Policy Division is working most on the relation between ports and their hinterland, as well as on the development of Motorways of the Sea.

MOW is one of the managers of the Scheldt estuary. Together, RWS and MOW work on the research program on interventions and their effects in the aspects of flood safety, naturalness and accessibility of the Scheldt estuary under responsibility of the Flemish Dutch Scheldt Commission. This research program has been determined by the Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission. An important aim of the coming years is to determine the agenda for future management and development of the estuary. For the Scheldt Development Outline 2010 a platform of advisory organisations was established. This platform will be revitalized for this project to involve the relevant stakeholders. 

Accessibility of the large Scheldt ports of Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen, not only from the sea but also from inland navigation is essential for the flourishing of the regions and is a matter of cross-border significance.

Moreover, the Scheldt estuary is one of the few remaining natural estuaries in North West Europe. Agriculture, fisheries and recreation are also essential functions in the Scheldt estuary. That is why Flanders and the Netherlands have a great interest in a sustainable and balanced policy which is focused on a maximum security against floods, an optimal accessibility of the Scheldt ports and a healthy and dynamic estuary ecosystem. It is therefore obvious that cooperation in the form of a common policy and management is essential. To reconcile the often competing interests of the Netherlands and Flanders, the Scheldt Development Outline 2010 was created and published in 2005. It integrates goals for nature conservation, accessibility of the Antwerp port, and flood safety issues. It is also the starting-point for joint policy-making by the Flemish and Dutch governments, aiming at a more sustainable development in the Scheldt estuary. Based on the Scheldt Development Outline 2010 four treaties were negotiated between the Netherlands and Flanders, among them one about the joint nautical management in the Scheldt area. The Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission (VNSC) is the instrument for the realisation of these common objectives (www.VNSC.eu).

Together, RWS and MOW work on the research program on interventions and their effects in the aspects of flood safety, naturalness and accessibility of the Scheldt estuary under responsibility of the Flemish Dutch Scheldt Commission. This research program has been determined by the Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission. An important aim of the coming years is to determine the agenda for future management and development of the estuary. For the Scheldt Development Outline 2010 a platform of advisory organisations was established. This platform will be revitalized for this project to involve the relevant stakeholders.