LifeWatch Biodiversity Day - Habitat mapping

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Organisation: LifeWatch Belgium

Join us on Thursday 26 January 2022 (10-17h) for this inspiring annual event on biodiversity, where science meets citizens, policy and industry.

This second edition will focus on biotope and habitat mapping in biodiversity and ecosystem research. This technique provides the essential data for biodiversity research and conservation. Get ready to get an overview of open remote sensing data and various hands-on applications in the field. A unique opportunity to get the latest insights in this domain!

The event takes place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Palace of the Academies, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels.


09:00 – 10:00 Registration & coffee
10:00 – 10:10
Gert Verreet (EWI)
10:10 – 10:40
KEYNOTE: Area of Habitat models for the world’s terrestrial birds and mammals 
Maria Lumbierres (University of Amsterdam)
Environmental variables
10:40 – 10:55
Finding the right remote sensing data service for your needs
Julien Radoux (UC Louvain)
10:55 – 11:10
Bio-Oracle v3.0: towards the next-gen data for marine ecological modelling
Salvador Fernández (VLIZ) 
11:10 – 11:40 Coffee break
Use Cases
11:40 – 11:55

Linking ecotopes maps and camera traps to assess effectiveness of management actions against African swine fever
Martijn Bollen (UHasselt)
11:55 – 12:10
Ecological network restoration in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion
Quentin Dubois (Biotope Environnement SA)
12:10 – 2:25
The rise and fall of coniferous forest birds in Belgium
Jean-Yves Paquet (Natagora)
12:25 – 13:45 Lunch break
Environmental variables
13:45 – 14:00
Ecotope map of Belgium
Mathilde de Vroey (UC Louvain)
14:00 – 14:15
Biological Valuation Map of Flanders
Toon Spanhove (INBO)
14:15 – 14:30
Biological data in Wallonia
Lionel Wibail (DEMNA)
14:30 – 14:45
Nature analysis maps of Brussels
Fabien Genart (Brussels-environment)
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
Use Cases
15:15 – 15:30
Mapping of the functional ecological network of Wallonia
Thomas Pollet (ULiège)
15:30 – 15:45
Marine habitat modelling: a state-of-the-art model to identify favorable growth sites for mariculture
Gert Everaert (VLIZ)
15:45 – 16:00 Closing Remarks
16:00 – 17:00 Reception