UN Basel Convention - National Focal Point
The UN Basel Convention on transboundary movement of waste has been transposed into European legislation via the European Waste Shipment Regulation. OVAM acts as the national contact point for the UN Basel Convention and represents Belgium in the ’Working Party International Environment Issues Basel (WPIEI Basel). This is a technical working group in the Environment Council (ENVI), which prepares EU positions and negotiations.
Basel Plastic Waste Partnership
Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP International Resource Panel
OECD Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste – Bureau member
International bilateral cooperation
As a frontrunner in the field of waste and materials policy, OVAM sees its responsibility as sharing its knowledge, policy insights and good practices. We believe that the transition to a circular economy needs a global, international approach and we are committed to sharing our experiences and learning from policies and projects elsewhere in the world. If you would like to plan a (study) visit, please go to the Contact page on this website.
We conclude cooperation agreements with numerous countries and regions, both within and outside Europe, in the context of the foreign policy of the Flemish government
OVAM currently enjoys structural bilateral cooperation with colleagues from the environmental administrations of the Netherlands and South Korea.