LIFE + Nature project FLANDRE (English)

LIFE + Nature project FLANDRE (English)

Flemish And North French Dunes Restoration is a joint nature restoration project of the Agency for nature and forests of the Flemish Government, the Conservatoire de l’Espace Littoral et des Rivages lacustres and the Département du Nord for the coastal dunes between Dunkerque (France) and Westende (Belgium), that is co-financed by the European Union.

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International workshop “coastal dunes and sandy beaches – Dunkirk 2018”
On 12, 13 and 14 June 2018, 143 dune experts from 13 European countries gathered at the premises of the Université du Littoral - Côte d'Opale (ULCO, Dunkirk, France) to examine the measures needed to protect and restore biodiversity and the natural processes of coastal dunes and sandy beaches. This workshop was organised by the three partners of the LIFE+ Nature “FLANDRE” project in collaboration with the ULCO - Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences. You will find the book of abstracts, the excursions guide, the report of the sessions and excursions, all the presentations and finally the press release with the conclusions of the workshop through the following link: https://www.bosplus.be/nl/lifeflandre.

Workshop-excursion 1: Bénédicte Lemaire (Département du Nord) provides explanations about a recent clearing of scrub in the “Dune du Perroquet”, 13 June 2018


Successful European Natura 2000 Day at Oostduinkerke !
On Monday the 21st of May 2018 no fewer than 40 interested participants appeared for the guided walk through the the Oostvoorduinen and the Hannecartbos in Oostduinkerke, with the focus on the achievements of the LIFE Nature projects FEYDRA (2002-2005) and FLANDRE (2013-2020), organized by ANB. There were participants from 4 member states of the European Union: Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany! This too is building a united Europe that also stands for more and better

© Luc David

    Second visit of the European Commission
    On the 22nd August 2017 the European Commission visited for the second time the LIFE+ Nature project FLANDRE. With the elaboration of a legal base for cross border cooperation and a legal status of transnational nature park, the LIFE+ FLANDRE project wants to provide a tool that is useful for transnational cooperation for the protection and management of cross border Natura 2000-sites in general. The representatives of the European Commission, Laszlo Becsy and Päivi Rauma, visited together with Ben Delbaere, of the external monitoring team NEEMO, that is supporting the European Commission, among other sites, the “Dune Dewulf” at Leffrinckoucke (France) where during last winter 11 hectare of scrub was removed and 5 pools dug out by the Département du Nord. In the newly dug out pools reproduction of Natterjack toad has already occured and on the areas cleared of scrub, plant species that are typical for the target habitats ‘humid dune slack’ (yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata), marsh helle borine (Epipactis palustris) …) and ‘grey dunes’ (common milk-wort (Polygala vulgaris)) are already appearing.

    Photo: The delegation of the EC (Päivi Rauma and Laszlo Becsy) and NEEMO (Ben Delbaere) together with the transnational French and Belgian LIFE+ FLANDRE-team in front of a panel providing explanations about the project at the entrance of the ‘Dune Dewulf’ (© Herman Spruytte)


    The advisory committee met for the fifth time and visited the works in progress in the “Houtsaegerduinen” (Belgium) and the completed works in “Dune du Perroquet” (France)
    In November 2013 46 (27 French and 19 Belgian) representatives of concerned public authorities, scientific institutes, and non-governmental conservation organisations were invited to join the advisory committee of the LIFE+12 Nature project ‘FLANDRE’. 44 (27 French and 17 Belgian) persons accepted to join the committee. The first meeting of that advisory committee took place on the 7th May 2014 at Zuydcoote (France), the second on the 11th December 2015 at Koksijde (Belgium), the third on the 9th November 2016 as well as the fourth on the 13th of December 2017 at Zuydcoote again, and the fifth on 12th December 2018 at De Panne (Belgium). During this fifth meeting of the advisory committee the attention of the 27 present members was directed towards the state of progress of all the actions of the project-program. Contract holders of the study "Masterplan" (action A1&2) Eric Cosyns (Wvi), Sam Provoost (INBO) and Bart Bollengier (CPIE) also gave a presentation about their proposal for an action plan, which needs to be further discussed with the three partners of the LIFE+ project FLANDRE. Finally, the contributions of the 3 LIFE+ FLANDRE partners to the INTERREG V project VEDETTE were explained. In the afternoon the advisory committee paid a visit to the nearly completed works of removal of scrub to restore a humid dune slack and the removal of invasive alien plants in the nature reserve “Houtsaegerduinen” at De Panne (“Outside LIFE”) and to the grazing blocks installed in 2018 in the “Dune du Perroquet” at Bray-Dunes (actions C.2 and C.3). The differences between the techniques used for clearing scrub on both sides of the border were discussed.

    Visit to humid dune slack restoration in the "Houtsaegerduinen" (Outside LIFE)

    Visit to the grazing areas installed in 2018 in the "Dune du Perroquet" (actions C.2 and C.3): Haflinger ponies and goats (buck on the photo)


    With support of the financial instrument LIFE+ of the European Community
    LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of the EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. Since 1992 LIFE has co-financed some 4.171 projects, contributing approximately 3.4 billion euros to the protection of the environment and climate.