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Cyanobacteria – or blue-green algae – plaguing Ganzepootvijver

Last weekend the Ganzepootvijver in Hoeilaart and the Vossemvijver in Tervuren were plagued by blue-green algae. These bacteria are poisonous to humans and animals. The Overijse Fire Department took action against the invaders.

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© Dirk Raes

On Saturday, 12 July, the Ganzepootvijver was to be the site of the annual Big Jump. But the blue-green algae put an end to those plans. On Saturday morning, Forest Ranger Dirk Raes from the Nature and Forests Agency [Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos] discovered a sudden and accelerated growth of these bacteria. He immediately notified the Fire Department in Overijse.

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Sonian Forest a finalist in the Natura 2000 Awards

On Wednesday 21 May 2014 the first Natura 2000 Awards were presented. The Sonian Forest was one of 163 candidates and made it into the list of 22 finalists.

Natura 2000 AwardNatura 2000 is the European network of protected nature areas. Europe developed the Natura 2000 Awards to put successful nature projects in the spotlight. The Sonian Forest was a finalist in the category “networks and cross-border collaboration” thanks to the improved collaboration between the three regions in the framework of the Structural vision for the Sonian Forest, the partnership agreement concluded by the Flemish Region, the Brussels-Capital Region and the Walloon Region in 2008.

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