There is currently only one official national park in Belgium, the Hoge Kempen National Park, opened in 2006. The Kalmthoutse Heide Park is a trans-boundary park between Belgium and Netherlands, and in the latter it has the official status of a National park; thus – as the conservation law is unique in the park – maybe considered a second National Park of Belgium. There are in addition a number of other nature reserves and protected areas. Some has the status of Natural park.
The Hoge Kempen National Park (Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen) is the first National Park in the Flemish Region in Belgium. It is located in the East of the Province of Limburg, between Genk and the Meuse Valley. It was opened in March 2006. Covering almost 60 square kilometres, it forms part of the Natura 2000 network. The area is mostlyheathland and pine forest. In May 2011 it was placed on UNESCO’s Tentative List for consideration as a World Heritage SiteClick edit button to change this text.
De Zoom – Kalmthoutse Heide, is a cross-border park on the Belgian-Dutch border. It is a merger of two former parks, the Kalmthoutse Heide in Belgium and De Zoom in the Netherlands), together extending over 37.50 square kilometres (14.48 sq mi). A very large part of the park is covered with heath. The park is managed by a special commission in which both Flemish and Dutch organisations are represented. The park is owned by the state of Flanders, the municipality Kalmthout, Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten and several private owners. The best known part of the border park lies in Belgium, in the north of the province of Antwerp (Kalmthout and Essen). The Dutch part lies in the municipalityWoensdrecht (province North Brabant) and stretches from the border to the villages Huijbergen and Putte.
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