Case study:Habitat restoration of the Kleine Net Valley

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Project overview

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Status Complete
Project web site http://www.natuurpunt.be/nl/natuurbehoud/life-natura-/life-dommeldal_742.aspx
Themes Habitat and biodiversity
Country Belgium
Main contact forename Tom
Main contact surname De Beelde
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Contact organisation Natuurpunt Beheer v.z.w.
Contact organisation web site http://natuurpunt.be
Partner organisations Province of Antwerpen, Belgium Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (Flemish Environment Agency), Belgium
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The valley of the Kleine Netearea is unique in western Europe, featuring heathland and moors in higher areas and valley ecosystems along the upper, middle and lower stream. It contains several types of habitats and species under threat which are listed in the annexes of the Habitats Directive. Habitat and biodiversity loss is mainly due to the land use changes (afforestation and intensive agriculture)over the last decades.

The project aimed to improve the conservation status of the habitats and species in the Kleine Net Valley, as well as the development of three integrated conservation plans based on a detailed vegetation map and field research and an after-LIFE conservation plan.

In the long term, the results of the project will show the extension and establishment of the targeted habitats, as well as increased populations of the species linked to these habitats. Further outcomes to be placed are better visitor facilities and more information (brochures, leaflets, flyers) about the area, encouraging socio-economic support for the Natura 2000 area and the LIFE project.

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Catchment and subcatchment



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Heavily modified water body No
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Protected species present Yes
Invasive species present No
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Project background

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Project started 2011/01/01
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Project completed 2015/12/31
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Total cost (k€) 4,369.475
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Supplementary funding information

EU contribution 2,184,737.00 €



Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure
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Link Description
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.dspPage&n proj id=3865&docType=pdf LIFE Nature Kleine Nete Web information

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