The LIFE+ project OZON tackles the far-reaching fragmentation of the Sonian Forest.

Above, under and along the Ring Road and the E411, more than ten fauna passages will be constructed. These are designed to reconnect parts of the forest that are currently cut off from each other by busy traffic arteries, so as to create a larger habitat again for numerous animals. This is good news for endangered species, such as the Daubenton’s bat, European pine marten, ground beetle and palmate newt. 

OZON in a nutshell

Official title of the project: Herstel van natuurlijke habitats voor kritisch bedreigde soorten d.m.v. Ontsnippering van het ZONiënwoud, Z-Brussel / LIFE12 NAT/BE/000166
Project acronym: Life – OZON
Budget: €6,716,040 of which 50% (€3,358,020) of EU funds
Project duration: from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017
–          Coordinator: Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos (Agency for Nature and Forests)
–          Co-initiators of the project: Agentschap voor Wegen en Verkeer, Leefmilieu BrusselBruxelles Environnement (BIM-IBGE)
–          Co-financers: Vlaamse overheid – Departement Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie, Gemeente Hoeilaart, Gemeente Overijse
–          Project supporter: Département de la Nature et des Forêts of the Walloon Region