Hoge Kempen National Park

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Hoge Kempen National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Heathland in the Hoge Kempen
Map showing the location of Hoge Kempen National Park
Map showing the location of Hoge Kempen National Park
Location of Hoge Kempen National Park
Location Limburg, Flemish Region, Belgium
Nearest city Genk
Coordinates 51°00′N 5°40′E / 51.000°N 5.667°E / 51.000; 5.667Coordinates: 51°00′N 5°40′E / 51.000°N 5.667°E / 51.000; 5.667
Area 57.50 square kilometres (22.20 sq mi)
Established 2006
Visitors 700.000 (in 2010)
Governing body Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos

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 River (Dutch: Maas) Valley. It includes the elevated ground that defines the watershed between that river and the low ground of the drainage basin of the Demer river that covers most of Belgian Limburg.

It was opened in March 2006.[1] Covering almost 60 square kilometres, it forms part of the Natura 2000 network.[2] The area is mostly heathland and pine forest. In May 2011 it was placed on UNESCO's Tentative List for consideration as a World Heritage Site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First National Park opened – Milestone for Belgium’s Countdown 2010". countdown2010. 2006-03-23. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  2. ^ "The National Park Hoge Kempen" (pdf). Eurosite. Retrieved 2008-09-18. [dead link]

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