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See detailDu coto sur nos coteaux. Une espèce exotique à tenir à loeil!
Piqueray, Julien ULg; Vanderhoeven, Sonia; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

Article for general public (2011)

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See detailL’adaptation au changement climatique en région wallonne
EcoRes-TEC Conseil; Amelung, Bas; Biernaux, Martin et al

Report (2011)

Climate change is now globally accepted. The 4th IPCC report, published in 2007, clearly indicates that this phenomenon is mostly the result of human activity. All parts of the globe are potentially at ... [more ▼]

Climate change is now globally accepted. The 4th IPCC report, published in 2007, clearly indicates that this phenomenon is mostly the result of human activity. All parts of the globe are potentially at risk. There are no activity sectors that will be left untouched. Adaptation is therefore necessary. Since 2006, the European Commission has been looking at the climate change adaptation issue. It first held a consultation on the European Commission Green Paper “adapting to climate change in Europe - options for EU action”. This led to the publication of the White Paper « Adapting to climate change: towards a European framework for action ». In this document, the EC puts forward the idea of a compulsory Adaptation Strategy at Member State level. Several EU countries have already done so: Finland, United Kingdom and France. Belgium, through the National Climate Commission, adopted its « National Climate Strategy » in late 2010. The objective is to recommend an operational action plan by 2012. This action plan will be the result of a merger between the action plans of the three regions and the federal governments. The Flemish region launched a study to start the development process of their action plan in 2010; the Walloon region has followed with this study and the Brussels region and the Federal should launch their studies during this year (2011). This study enabled to draw a complete review – characteristics, current vulnerabilities, future vulnerabilities - of the Walloon region on seven topics: Agriculture, water, infrastructure/ spatial planning, health, energy, biodiversity and forests. An enlarged experts’ consultation identified key measures to implement in order for Wallonia to adapt to climate change. Chapter 1, « climate change adaptation in European regions », is a stock-taking exercise of adaptation strategies found in Europe in order to draw relevant lessons for this study. Chapter 2: « the climate futures of Wallonia”, is an analysis of the climate projection specifically carried out for this study. Those projections were used to identify Wallonia’s vulnerabilities. Chapter 3 « Wallonia’s vulnerabilities to Climate change” explores the seven themes Agriculture, water, infrastructure/ spatial planning, health, energy, biodiversity and forests to describe the current and future risks and to put forward a time-dependent and sectoral hierarchy of impacts. Chapter 4 « Wallonia’s adaptation to climate change » states the core principles used to define the adaptation choices as well as the proposed guidelines for each theme. Chapter 5 « towards an action plan » presents the adaptation measures by theme along with the first elements of an evaluation procedure. Finally, the appendices contain the operational documents: the full thematic sheets, the action plan, the strategic guideline paper and the transversal analysis and the supporting documents: maps, climate projections database and the benchmarks. [less ▲]

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See detailL’adaptation au changement climatique en région wallonne : Fiche thématique : Forêt
Frisson, Gwenn ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

Report (2011)

• Les changements attendus sont importants mais difficiles à quantifier. Seules des tendances peuvent être dégagées. • Pour le domaine de la forêt, il est d’autant plus nécessaire d’anticiper les effets ... [more ▼]

• Les changements attendus sont importants mais difficiles à quantifier. Seules des tendances peuvent être dégagées. • Pour le domaine de la forêt, il est d’autant plus nécessaire d’anticiper les effets du changement climatique dès maintenant, étant donné la longévité importante des arbres forestiers. • Favoriser l’adaptation naturelle et augmenter la résilience au changement de la forêt peut se faire au moyen d’une sylviculture plus durable et plus proche du fonctionnement naturel de l’écosystème forestier. Diminuer les menaces d’ordre non climatique participe également à cela. • La forêt ne doit pas seulement se mesurer en termes de valeur intrinsèque mais également en termes de services écosystémiques. [less ▲]

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See detailL’adaptation au changement climatique en région wallonne : Fiche thématique : Biodiversité
Frisson, Gwenn ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

Report (2011)

• Les changements attendus sont importants mais difficiles à quantifier. Seules des tendances peuvent être dégagées. • La fragmentation des habitats naturels est particulièrement poussée en Wallonie. Elle ... [more ▼]

• Les changements attendus sont importants mais difficiles à quantifier. Seules des tendances peuvent être dégagées. • La fragmentation des habitats naturels est particulièrement poussée en Wallonie. Elle constitue une lourde menace sur la biodiversité et une entrave aux changements d’aires de distribution attendus. • Développer le réseau écologique et diminuer les menaces qui pèsent actuellement sur la biodiversité est primordial pour donner une chance à la biodiversité de s’adapter au changement climatique. • Les impacts de la perte de biodiversité ne doivent pas seulement se mesurer en termes de valeur intrinsèque mais également en termes de services écosystémiques. [less ▲]

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See detailCotoneaster horizontalis on calcareous grasslands in Belgium : from ornament to management
Frisson, Gwenn ULg; Piqueray, Julien ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

Poster (2010, September)

Cotoneaster horizontalis DECAISNE, a Rosaceae coming from Asia, was introduced in Belgium as an ornamental species. Different sides of the invasion were studied, from the distribution of the species and ... [more ▼]

Cotoneaster horizontalis DECAISNE, a Rosaceae coming from Asia, was introduced in Belgium as an ornamental species. Different sides of the invasion were studied, from the distribution of the species and the invasion status, the impacts, to management methods. To describe the invasion status, information was gathered about the occurrence and the distribution of the species in Belgium by compiling various databases. The naturalization status in calcareous grasslands, high-value habitats recognized as biodiversity hotspots, was assessed. Occurrence, population status, preferred habitats, invaded communities, growth rate and fruiting capacity were characterized. Once naturalization established, we investigated its impacts on calcareous grasslands communities, individual species and pollinators. C. horizontalis occurred in seven of the nine studied calcareous grasslands, with densities from 0.34 to 10 individuals/ha. In the most invaded sites, an ongoing colonization process was suggested by a high proportion of small individuals. Moreover, 3-year-old individuals already showed fruiting capacities. Germination rate reached about 30%. Significant impacts on habitat structure and vegetation were showed. Community structure and composition changes were demonstrated in invaded sites by decreasing species richness and diversity. As calcareous grasslands are priority Natura2000 habitats, measures must be taken to control the spread of C. horizontalis. For this purpose, we performed management tests to identify the most efficient techniques that would help the restoration of calcareous grasslands. Both mechanical and chemical management techniques were tested. Methods choice was driven by the environmental constraints of calcareous grasslands, which require highly selective techniques, and by species characteristics. Tested methods were cuttings, stump burning, spraying, cutting plus glyphosate application on stump and glyphosate application on stem basis. Efficiency, cost, feasibility and side-effects on ecosystems were estimated. Management tests are still ongoing but some results have already been drawn: spraying and single cutting are not efficient, the last one generating production of numerous sprouts. Finding the best management method will not be sufficient to stop the invasion. C. horizontalis is still present in 53% of the sale catalogs of horticulturists in Southern Belgium. As long as the species is used in the vicinity of calcareous grasslands, propagules are continuously provided, jeoparding management actions. [less ▲]

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See detailCan we restore natural habitats after plant invasion? Lessons from years of management
Frisson, Gwenn ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg; Delbart, Emmanuel ULg et al

Conference (2010, August)

Negative impacts of invasive plants on natural habitats have been widely demonstrated. Hence, the management of invasive plants, aiming at eradicating, or at least controlling their spread, is being more ... [more ▼]

Negative impacts of invasive plants on natural habitats have been widely demonstrated. Hence, the management of invasive plants, aiming at eradicating, or at least controlling their spread, is being more and more developed. For this purpose, we need to identify the most efficient management techniques which could lead to the restoration of invaded ecosystems. Up to now, management methods mentioned in literature were pragmatic tools and often lacked scientific assessment. For several years, we have tested similar mechanical and chemical management techniques in the field on highly invasive plant species, representative of different life forms and invaded habitats: herbaceous rhizomatous perennial Fallopia japonica, ligneous rhizomatous Spiraea spp., ligneous root suckering Acer rufinerve and ligneous stoloniferous Cotoneaster horizontalis. We investigated the efficiency, cost and feasibility of these techniques, and their effects on the restoration of invaded ecosystems. The best performing management technique was found to be highly species specific and was also influenced by the invaded habitat type. For these perennial species, long-term management must be considered, to reduce their competitive capacities with repeated mechanical or chemical techniques (cutting or pulling out several times a year, injection combined with mechanical methods, etc.). For species with sexual reproduction, like Acer rufinerve and Cotoneaster horizontalis, seed bank and seed dispersal must also be taken into account to avoid dissemination when managing. We can conclude invasion plant management is usually expensive and hard to implement but some results are encouraging and show the importance to carry on research on invasive plant management methods. [less ▲]

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See detailFiche descriptive - Erable jaspé de gris (Acer rufinerve)
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Frisson, Gwenn ULg; Delbart, Emmanuel ULg et al

Learning material (2010)

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