Investing together in rural areas and open space in Flanders
Our life quality of prosperity and those of our children and grandchildren depend on the quality of the open space in our environment. Open space softens the impact of climate change. It is vital for our plants and animals, to produce food, as a reservoir of pure water and for the production of renewable energy. Open space is essential for living, working and relaxing, both in rural areas and in and around cities.
Therefore we want to upgrade, connect and use the open space areas in Flanders in a more intelligent way through targeted and qualitative investments. When talking about rural policy, climate, improvement of water quality or about accompanying policies for major infrastructure works, the rearrangement of agricultural areas or nature conservation measures in a European protected area: rural areas and open space are always the guideline for what the Vlaamse Landmaatschappij (Flemish Land Agency) does.
Activities and projects in rural areas and in and around the cities, that is what VLM is all about. They offer opportunities to improve the quality of the open space. The VLM has the ambition to help make use of these opportunities as much as possible. For everyone who asks for their input, tailor-made for the area and with an eye for all functions and all stakeholders.
The VLM doesn’t invest in rural areas and open space on its own. The VLM consults and initiates partnerships, mobilises and facilitates, and looks for funding when necessary. Together with their partners the VLM invests in people and means to improve the quality of our living environment in a sustainable way. While striving for a better quality of our surroundings, the VLM focuses on people, the economy, nature and the environment.
Open space is the umbrella for the VLM’s versatile package of tasks and is the guideline for its activities: rural development, rural policy, manure policy and Mestbank (Manure Bank)
, land banks and management agreements.
All the tasks of the VLM have in common that they require a large degree of expertise and specific knowledge and instruments about rural areas and open space. In order to carry out the complex tasks and projects, the VLM relies on talented employees in the roles of project manager, bio-engineer, landscape expert, biologist, business planner for agricultural companies, archaeologist, process supervisor, communication expert, legal expert and IT expert.
For more information: Please consult the VLM website.