About INBO

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Mission: INBO is the independent research institute of the Flemish government that supports and evaluates biodiversity policy and management through applied scientific research and by opening up access to data and knowledge.

Vision: INBO aims to be the key point of contact in Flanders for the provision of evidence-based support for nature policy and its implementation. It describes the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services, investigates the causes of changes and develops directly applicable tools. It develops scenario studies that underpin nature policy in the longer term. All research is conducted in dialogue with partners from society, the world of science, policymaking and management.

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Through its scientific research, INBO supports all agencies dealing with open space in the Flemish government, as well as in organisations involved in nature conservation, forestry, agriculture, hunting and fishery. INBO publishes its results as open data and provides data for international reporting. It participates in (inter)national research networks such as LTER, ALTER-Net, LifeWatch, …

INBO is an unincorporated internal agency of the Flemish government. 

The Own Capital of the INBO (“Eigen Vermogen van het INBO, EV INBO”) is a separate corporation executing externally financed projects. EV INBO’s aim is to supplement the core INBO research where its government-supplied financial means are insufficient for deploying a complete and future-oriented research programme. It offers the possibility to tackle new research themes with immediate or mid-term policy relevance. Policy relevance is an essential criterion for both EV INBO and INBO research topics.

INBO employs some 220 staff, the EV INBO some 50.

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