What do we see?
In recent years, there has been a decrease in open space in Flanders. In 2022, open space amounted to 969,002 hectares, representing a decrease of 26,145 hectares compared to 2010. Most of the open space in 2022 consists of agricultural land (63.70%), followed by forests (11.07%). The remaining 25.23% of open space is undefined.
What’s the aim?
Open spaces play an important role in the natural carbon and water cycle. A decrease is felt in the form of higher emissions and water scarcity, among other things. In a circular economy, we want to preserve sufficient open space for the benefit of the natural cycles while meeting housing and building needs. To this end, we should strive for a more efficient use of land area.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows the amount of open space in Flanders derived from cadastral data. The data are from Statbel.