LIFE+ OZON

A future with less road kill

In 2016 more than 10.9 million animals died on the Belgian roads. This is apparent from counts that were commissioned by the Flemish government. That’s a 2.1 million or 23.86% increase compared to 2015. The counts were done over a large distance : 146 fixed routes were regularly checked by volunteers. Since the start of the project in 2013 the volunteers have travelled the world around (45. 679 km).

The project runs until April 2017 after which the collected data is analysed by the Instituut van Natuur en Bosonderzoek. The general idea is to implement necessary measures that are based on the obtained information. One example of these kinds of measures is the Life+ OZON project, which is dedicated to defragmenting the Sonian Forest. Within this project a wide range of measures are being/have already been taken such as, among other things, the construction of a 24 kilometer long wildlife screen along the E411 and RO, the construction and repair of wildlife tunnels and culverts, and the construction of a wildlife crossing in Groenendaal.

For more information on road kill prevention in the Sonian Forest visit: www.zonienwoud.be/lifeozon

For more information on road kill research: http://www.natuurpunt.be/nieuws/ook-2016-groot-dierenleed-door-verkeer-20170215

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Start of Life+Ozon’s new project team

The past few months, the composition of Life Ozon’s project team has changed. Andreas Baele ( late February 2017) and Yoeri Bellemans ( mid October 2016) have taken over the reins from Anouschka Kuijsters and Steven Vanonckelen. Therefore it is more than fitting to briefly introduce the new duo

Andreas Baele

All my life I’ve been fascinated by nature and that’s why I decided to study Green Management at the University College Ghent. Like a great deal of people, I became increasingly aware of climate change . and I decided to study Climate Studies at the university of Wageningen in the Netherlands. I learned a great deal about climate change and the therewith associated nature conservation issues. Recently I chose to support the Life+ OZON project. The Sonian Forest is Brussels respiratory system and it’s the home to a wide range of rare species. Our project ensures that the Sonian forest will be made whole again. Therefore it’s easy for me to motivate myself to do my utmost for the Sonian Forest and its inhabitants. It is my belief that I will complement the OZON team perfectly due to my high level of expertise and comprehensive education background.

Yoeri Bellemans

As a Brussels native, I have a soft spot for the Sonian Forest. Contributing to the sustainable development of the Sonian Forest, across different regions, poses a truly great challenge. I am confident that my expertise in coordinating sustainable development projects in higher education will contribute to the completion of the project’s many goals. The past few months I got to know the great commitment and enthusiasm of our many partners( AWV, IBGE,LNE,…) and ANB colleagues. Together we will defragment the Sonian Forest.

Contact

Life+ OZON
Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos
Regional Office Groenendaal
Duboislaan 14
1560 Hoeilaart

Andreas Baele (project employee)
andreas.baele@lne.vlaanderen.be
Tel 02-658 24 69 | Mobile 0496-56 77 58

Yoeri Bellemans (project manager)
yoeri.bellemans@lne.vlaanderen.be
Tel 02-658 24 74 | Mobile 0498 67 38 82

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January 10th 2017: First picture of a wild boar in a long time

Since 2006, wild boars have been spotted again in the Sonian Forest. However, the number of wild boars in the Sonian forest is limited to only a few specimen. This and the fact that wild boars are nocturnal animals, makes it quite difficult to take a picture of these animals.

Via the monitoring of the Life+ Ozon project, in cooperation with Natuurpunt, we managed to once more photograph a wild boar. One of the fifteen wildlife cameras which had been placed throughout the forest recently took the picture below.

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For more information about the wild boar’s return to the Sonian Forest we refer you to the following link.

Have you spotted a wild boar yourself? Let us know via yoeri.bellemans@lne.vlaanderen.be or 0498 67 38 82.

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26 September 2016: revelation first stone Ecoduct Groenendaal

The symbolical stone of Ecoduct Groenendaal was revealed today under great interest by EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, former president of the Europea Council Herman Van Rompuy, Flemish minister Ben Weyts and Marleen Evenepoel, Administrator-General of the ANB in name of Flemish minister Joke Schauvliege. The construction works for the future ecoduct continued during the ceremony: some of the 122 reinforced foundation poles with 1 meter diameter were made today.

More information can be found in the press release.

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Natura 2000 Award

© European Commission

8 April 2016 : Sonian Forest finalist for Natura 2000 Award

For the third consecutive year, the Sonian Forest is finalist in the prestigious Natura 2000 contest. This is not only a recognition of the commitment of the three forester administrators (ANB , BIM and DNF) but stresses also the commitment of all the volunteers and other stakeholders.

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Foto Ecoduct Groenendaal21 March 2016 : Construction of green bridge Groenendaal has started

The preparations for the construction of ‘Ecoduct Groenendaal’ have started! Before the Easter holidays, the contractor removes the tree stumps of the construction site. After the holidays, the carrying capacity of the soil is tested and we will start with the (temporary) modification of the Brussels ringroad.

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© Dirk Raes

19 February 2016 : Sonian Forest grows even wilder

The Sonian Forest recently became part of the European ‘Rewilding Network’. The network is spread across 18 European countries and gathers 42 areas where nature is allowed to take its course. Rewilding Europe strives for more natural and wild animals in Europe which is not only positive for biodiversity but also for nature. Read more on the ‘Rewilding’ website.

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Newsarchive 2015

Foto Stapje dichter bij één bos Nederlands