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Herbages - Priority actions for grasslands and meadows in Southern Lorraine and the Ardenne

LIFE11 NAT/BE/001060


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Contact details:

Project Manager: Xavier JANSSENS
Tel: +3263/589156
Fax: +3263/589155
Email: xavier.janssens@natagora.be



Project description:

Background

The latest Habitats Directive Article 17 report on the conservation status of habitats and species highlights the particularly 'unfavourable' conservation status of grasslands. Belgium’s Lorraine and southern Ardennes areas are important regions for the conservation of semi-natural grasslands types listed in the annexes of the Habitat Directive.


Objectives

The 'Herbages' project aims to improve the conservation status of 400 ha of priority grasslands. LIFE funds will be used to support 11 different grassland types, including six priority habitats. Conservation work will involve increasing the surface area of these 11 habitats. This will be achieved by improving the functionality of the project areas’ ecological network.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Improve the conservation status of the 11 protected habitats (quantity and quality of the target habitats will increase over a total area of 400 ha);
  • Prevent extinction of the habitats’ characteristic species, especially those that are most vulnerable to fragmentation, by population reinforcements after the restoration of their habitat; develop regional expertise in the restoration of rarely targeted habitats;
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the implemented restoration actions by enhancing the state of knowledge on the distribution of habitats and their typical species, by assessing conservation priorities in the project area, and by a better training of stakeholders; and
  • Improve the ecological connectivity of grasslands in and between the Natura 2000 network sites through the use of habitat ‘stepping stones’ and ‘corridors’.
  • Methods used for the restoration of the habitats involve: land purchase (250 ha); restoration of ecological corridors and stepping-stone sites; logging site preparation; population reintroduction; mowing; and implementing an adjusted hydrological management and monitoring system.

    All of the 250 ha of land that is proposed for acquisition will be restored (60% of the project’s tangible actions will be implemented in the purchased land). The overall outcome will be the improvement of the conservation status of 11 Annex I habitats.

    Expected results: Key expected results include:

  • Restoration of 400 ha of Annex I habitats (165 ha of priority habitats and 235 ha of non-priority habitats), as well as the establishment of the infrastructure necessary to sustain the project legacy after it completes its work;
  • Reinforcement of populations (for between four and eight species) typical of the targeted priority habitats;
  • Reduction of the habitats’ fragmentation level and improvement of the connectivity between SACs for the target habitats;
  • Purchase of 250 ha of private land, to expand the nature reserve’s protection of target habitats;
  • Improving regional expertise in terms of restoration of dry grasslands habitats; and
  • Training for staff at the Arlon offices of the State nature and forest authority in issues related to the conservation of grassland habitats.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Habitats - Grasslands


Keywords

restoration measure‚  grassland ecosystem‚  protected area


Target Habitat types

  • 6210 - Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
  • 6410 - "Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)"
  • 6430 - Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  • 6510 - "Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)"
  • 7220 - Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion)
  • 7230 - Alkaline fens
  • 91D0 - Bog woodland
  • 91E0 - "Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)"
  • 6120 - Xeric sand calcareous grasslands

Natura 2000 sites

SPA BE34039A0 Haute-Sûre (Fauvillers; Léglise; Neufchâteau; Vaux-sur-Sûre)
SPA BE34044A0 Vallée du Ruisseau des Aleines (Bertrix; Bouillon; Paliseul)
SCI BE34045C0 Forêts de Muno (Bouillon; Florenville)
SPA BE34046A0 Bassin de la Semois de Florenville à Auby (Bertrix; Bouillon; Florenville; Herbeumont)
SPA BE34047A0 Haute-Vierre (Bertrix; Libramont-Chevigny; Neufchâteau)
SPA BE34048A0 Bassin de la Semois de Jamoigne à Chiny (Chiny; Florenville; Herbeumont)
SCI BE34049C0 Basse-Vierre (Chiny; Herbeumont; Léglise; Neufchâteau; Tintigny)
SPA BE34050A0 Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne (Chiny; Habay; Léglise; Tintigny)
SPA BE34051A0 Vallées du Ruisseau de Mellier et de la Mandebras (Habay; Léglise; Neufchâteau)
SCI BE34052C0 Forêt d'Anlier (Habay; Léglise; Martelange)
SPA BE34053A0 Bassin de l'Attert (Attert)
SPA BE34054A0 Bassin de la Marche (Chiny; Florenville)
SPA BE34055A0 Vallée du Ruisseau de Breuvanne (Chiny; Tintigny)
SPA BE34056A0 Bassin de la Semois de Etalle à Tintigny (Etalle; Habay; Tintigny)
SPA BE34057A0 Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch (Arlon; Attert; Etalle; Habay)
SCI BE34058C0 Camp militaire de Lagland (Arlon; Etalle; Saint-Léger)
SPA BE34060A0 Bassin supérieur de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Tintigny)
SPA BE34061A0 Vallées de Laclaireau et du Rabais (Etalle; Saint-Léger; Virton)
SPA BE34062A0 Bassin du Ruisseau du Messancy (Arlon; Messancy)
SPA BE34063A0 Vallées de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy)
SPA BE34064A0 Vallées de la Vire et du Ton (Rouvroy; Virton)
SPA BE34065A0 Bassin supérieur de la Vire et du Ton (Aubange; Messancy; Musson; Saint-Léger; Virton)
SPA BE34066A0 Vallée du Ton et Côte bajocienne de Montquintin à Ruette (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy; Virton)
SCI BE34039B0 Haute-Sûre (Fauvillers; Léglise; Libramont-Chevigny; Neufchâteau; Vaux-sur-Sûre)
SCI BE34044B0 Vallée du Ruisseau des Aleines (Bertrix; Bouillon; Paliseul)
SCI BE34046B0 Bassin de la Semois de Florenville à Auby (Bertrix; Florenville; Herbeumont)
SCI BE34047B0 Haute-Vierre (Bertrix; Herbeumont; Libramont-Chevigny; Neufchâteau)
SCI BE34048B0 Bassin de la Semois de Jamoigne à Chiny (Chiny; Florenville; Herbeumont)
SCI BE34050B0 Bassin de la Semois entre Tintigny et Jamoigne (Chiny; Habay; Léglise; Tintigny)
SCI BE34051B0 Vallées du Ruisseau de Mellier et de la Mandebras (Habay; Léglise; Neufchâteau)
SCI BE34053B0 Bassin de l'Attert (Attert)
SCI BE34054B0 Bassin de la Marche (Chiny; Florenville; Meix-devant-Virton)
SCI BE34055B0 Vallée du Ruisseau de Breuvanne (Chiny; Tintigny)
SCI BE34056B0 Bassin de la Semois de Etalle à Tintigny (Etalle; Habay; Tintigny)
SCI BE34057B0 Marais de la Haute-Semois et Bois de Heinsch (Arlon; Attert; Etalle; Habay)
SCI BE34059B0 Vallées de l'Eisch et de Clairefontaine (Arlon)
SCI BE34060B0 Bassin supérieur de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Tintigny)
SCI BE34061B0 Vallées de Laclaireau et du Rabais (Etalle; Saint-Léger; Virton)
SCI BE34062B0 Bassin du Ruisseau du Messancy (Arlon; Messancy)
SCI BE34063B0 Vallées de la Chevratte (Meix-devant-Virton; Rouvroy)
SCI BE34064B0 Vallées de la Vire et du Ton (Rouvroy; Virton)
SCI BE34065B0 Bassin supérieur de la Vire et du Ton (Aubange; Messancy; Musson; Saint-Léger; Virton)
SCI BE34066B0 Vallée du Ton et Côte bajocienne de Montquintin à Ruette (Rouvroy; Virton)


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Réserves Naturelles RNOB (Natagora)
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description Réserves Naturelles RNOB (Natagora) is a Belgian nature conservation NGO that is active in the French and German speaking part of the country. The association manages more than 200 nature reserves, covering some 4 300 ha in total and is also responsible for the implementation of conservation programmes.
Partners Jardin botanique national de Belgique Département de la Nature et des Forêts (DGO3), Belgium Département de l'Etude du Milieu Naturel et Agricole, Belgium

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Project reference LIFE11 NAT/BE/001060
Duration 01-JAN-2013 to 31-DEC -2019
Total budget 9,587,813.00 €
EU contribution 7,190,859.00 €
Project location Région Wallonne(België - Belgique)

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