Code of Conduct

The beautiful area of Geopark Schelde Delta is known for its natural beauty, rich cultural history and the ongoing struggle between man and water. By following these guidelines, you will help us preserve the stories this beautiful area tells us.

  • Do not leave trash behind, bag it and dispose of it in a dumpster.
  • Stay on the trails and follow signage (permanent or temporary).
  • Do not pollute the water. This means do not pollute the sea, rivers, canals, streams, creeks, reservoirs and other water sources.
  • Do not scare animals or disturb birds. Be discreet, remembering that noise can already be a nuisance.
  • Protect the endangered plant and animal species in our Geopark. They must not be disturbed, hurt or taken. The species in question can be found by clicking on the following links for the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Do not light fires.
  • Wild camping is prohibited.
  • When you park your car or bike, be careful not to block passage or traffic.
  • Respect the natural areas and the fauna and flora. Do not pick or take anything.
  • When meeting other visitors, respect the rules of kindness at all times and be respectful.
  • Respect the laws and regulations.
  • Leave no trace of your visit.
  • Cooperate with the park staff.
  • Do not pick, collect, gather, remove or sell rocks, shells or other geological materials without permission.


Geological material
Collection of original geological material, such as rocks, minerals and fossils, is not permitted within the Geopark without special written permission from Geopark management. Collection of original geological material is permitted only when done in a sustainable manner for scientific or educational purposes and when done under scientific supervision in accordance with local law. Selling, damaging or trading the geological value of the Geopark or material from the Geopark is not permitted. This refers to fossils, rocks and mineral materials. It does not refer to material mined or quarried for industrial or domestic use mined under national legislation.

Sustainable use of natural resources
A UNESCO Global Geopark contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are seventeen goals to make the world a better place by 2030. A UNESCO Global Geopark wants to do this by learning from the past, developing in the present and protecting for the future - together for our planet. This is why Geopark Schelde Delta, among other things, wants to bring more attention to the sustainable use of our natural resources.