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F1. Project coordination

A team of 2 people (1 coordinator - Sara Cristofoli; 1 technical assistant - David Doucet) has been taken on by the Rivière Lesse Contract to oversee the day-to-day management of the project. This team is surrounded by representatives from the project's partners (Rivière Lesse Contract DNF, DEMNA, European Commission) but also by representatives of the project's interlocutors (public and private owners, hunters, local naturalists).

The LIFE team's offices are situated at rue de Villance 90 at 6890 Libin, in the premises of the Libin DNF. This ensures close cooperation between the LIFE team and local agents.

F2. Scientific monitoring

The biological consequences of the works carried out on the vegetation must be assessed periodically using a network of flora and fauna inventories.

The first inventories were produced in 2010 in order to qualify the initial state of degradation of the sites. The inventories that will be carried out at a later date will assess whether the species targeted by the restoration works are actually colonising in the restored areas.

During the project's life cycle (2010-2014), the various inventories will be undertaken by the LIFE team or will be sub-contracted to experts.

  • surveys aimed at butterflies and dragonflies on 13 sites that are candidates for the restoration of natural habitats
  • setting up of a series of listening posts, allowing birds to be identified and classified on the basis of their song. The posts have been placed on the outskirts of the Troufferies de Libin national nature reserve and are monitored by a volunteer naturalist. A second series of listening posts has been erected between Mirwart and Tellin.
  • photos are precious tools for illustrating the changes that occur to a site, for example, before and after the restoration works. An inventory of photographs has been initiated around the Troufferies de Libin RND
  • permanent squares have been placed on various restoration candidate sites in order to track the development of the flora following the restoration works. The botanical inventories are overseen by the Department for Forestry, Nature and Countryside at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech