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Infrastructure in Brasschaat - photo INBO

With the approval of two projects totalling 14 million euros for eLTER, the EU is opening another important chapter in the development of a permanent infrastructure for long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological research in Europe. This funding will enable significant development of the eLTER Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI), in areas such as the RI's organisation, business model and legal basis. It will also give a major boost to scientific work done at eLTER sites and platforms. Altogether 34 partners from 24 countries will be involved in these projects.

Rethinking the Biodiversity Strategy beyond 2020

What should the post 2020 European biodiversity strategy look like? How will research contribute to this strategy and help to define its goals?

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On September 11th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day conference in Vienna. The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European priority and, as announced previously, eLTER RI is among them. These new research infrastructures will be designed to meet the long term needs of European research communities.

invasive species management

As global trade and travel intensify, species are transported around the globe at an ever increasing rate. Some of these species establish themselves in new environments, and start to spread rapidly, causing ecological and socioeconomic damage. These species are termed ‘invasive’. Once an invasive species is established, the ongoing cost of managing the population and mitigating its impacts on ecological services are often considerable.

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We are pleased to inform you that our new regional report ‘Biodiversity Indicators 2017' (Flanders - Belgium) is published and available for download from the INBO website.

This  annual report provides a summary of the status of the indicators concerning the European Biodiversity Strategy targets.

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This Nature Report, the Flanders Regional Ecosystem Assessment - Policy (REA-P- 2016, forms the second part of the ecosystem assessment for Flanders.

With this assessment, we aim to lay the foundations for a policy that takes proper account of the conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) is proud to be nominated for the FLAMES 2017 Award. 


Invasive plants management - photo INBO

A few months ago, experts performed assessments of the management feasibility for a set of species and we thank them for their contributions to this the collaborative effort. On December 19th, the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, the Département d’Etude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole (Service Public de Wallonie - DEMNA), the Research Institute for Nature and Forest  (INBO)  and the National Scientific Secretariat on Invasive Alien Species jointly organize a workshop building on the results of your assessments. The workshop will bring together field managers and species specialists.

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In addition to the presentations by invited speakers, illustrating the main symposium theme, we invite all attendees to submit abstracts for poster or oral presentations dealing with topics on wildlife diseases its broadest sense. The best poster will be awarded. All abstracts and presentations should be in English. Abstracts will be evaluated by the organising committee, after which you will be informed about acceptance.

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With the financial support of PTES (Peoples Trust of Endangered Species, PTES.org), we can offer a four month internship for a master or bachelor at INBO. INBO is a governmental research institute, based in Brussels (Belgium), dedicated to nature conservation and its sustainable use. Within the research team ‘forest ecology and management’, we can offer an internship position for a starting career scientist to help running a citizen science project on the monitoring of the European stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) all over Europe.

The Cooper Award honors the authors of an outstanding publication in the field of geobotany, physiographic ecology, plant succession or the distribution of plants along environmental gradients. William S. Cooper was a pioneer of physiographic ecology and geobotany, with a particular interest in the influence of historical factors, such as glaciations and climate history, on the pattern of contemporary plant communities across landforms.

Hare/ Haas

In 2001, INBO engaged in a project with a number of local game management units (GMUs) to evaluate the
practicality and feasibility of a census method to determine long-term trends in spring population numbers of
brown hare (Lepus europaeus) in Flanders.

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The EU-funded eLTER H2020 project operates a Transnational Access programme, providing successful applicants with fund to access European long-term ecosystem research sites. There are nine sites included in the 3rd call. The deadline for applications is 11th March, so there is still time to apply.

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On January 25th-26th 2018, the LifeWatch.be Users & Stakeholders meeting was organized at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend.

The meeting was open to all known users and stakeholders of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure. In total, 87 participants from a multitude of Belgian research institutes and universities, registered for this very interesting and successful event.

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The 2017 ALTER-Net conference on "Nature & Society: synergies, conflicts and trade-offs" resulted in a policy brief.

The ALTER-Net community calls on European policymakers to:

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1,500 ecologists from around 60 countries gather in Ghent, Belgium 11-14 December for the British Ecological Society’s joint* annual meeting ‘Ecology across Borders’.

With around 600 talks and 550 posters presented over four days, delegates will showcase and discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline. Highlights include:

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Synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society are key processes in socio-ecological systems.  While conflicts are regarded as challenging and difficult trade-offs between ecosystem services are often necessary, the search for synergies and win-win solutions are essential steps in finding lasting solutions to major socio-environmental issues.