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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les pelouses sèches
Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les plantes invasives
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Harzé, Mélanie ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les plans d'eau
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les falaises et éboulis
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Harzé, Mélanie ULg et al

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See detailCarrières & Biodiversité - Les arènes minérales
Piqueray, Julien; Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailThe Code of conduct on invasive alien plants in Belgium: results after two years of communication with the horticultural sector
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Branquart, Etienne; Vanderhoeven, Sonia et al

Conference (2013, October 10)

In Belgium there are around 60 plant species listed as invasive (http://ias.biodiversity.be). Most of them were introduced as ornamentals. Except a few plants that have become famous invaders throughout ... [more ▼]

In Belgium there are around 60 plant species listed as invasive (http://ias.biodiversity.be). Most of them were introduced as ornamentals. Except a few plants that have become famous invaders throughout the country, the invasiveness of these ornamentals remains unknown outside the scientific audience. Due to this lack of information, the major part is still available in nurseries. In order to reduce the introductions of these plants, a Code of conduct was launched in September 2011 within the frame of the AlterIAS project (ALTERnatives to Invasive Alien Species), an ‘Information & Communication’ Life project dedicated to invasive plants and prevention in the green sector (www.alterias.be). The Code was elaborated in consultation with horticulture professionals, scientists and representatives of administrations. Five measures were approved: (1) know the list of invasive plants in Belgium; (2) stop the trade and the plantation of some invasive plants; (3) disseminate information on invasive plants; (4) promote the use of non invasive alternative plants and (5) participate in early detection of new invaders. Restrictions of use target a list of 28 species negotiated with the sector. An awareness campaign entitled “Plant different” is on progress to promote the Code among professionals and gardeners. Different communication tools are used. Social surveys were realized to assess the tools most efficient and the subsequent change of attitudes. But raising awareness on invasive plants is difficult due to different public perception. Communication should be focused on positive messages. Negative communication with alarming terms or military metaphors re-enforces the feeling of being guilty instead of encouraging concrete solutions. Thanks to constant efforts in communication, this ‘environmentally safe’ charter is attracting new partners over time. But changing people’s attitude is a long term process. The Code of conduct will require more time than two years to be widely adopted by the horticultural sector in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailLa communication sur les plantes invasives: bilan et perspectives
Halford, Mathieu ULg

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See detailSus à l'envahisseur végétal
Halford, Mathieu ULg

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See detailSocio-economic survey on invasive plants and ornamental horticulture in Belgium
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Heemers, Leen; Mathys, Catherine et al

Report (2011)

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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

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See detailPlantons autrement: Code de conduite sur les plantes invasives (dépliant de vulgarisation)
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Heemers, Leen; Mathys, Catherine et al

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See detailThe Code of conduct on invasive plants in Belgium
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Mathys, Catherine; Heemers, Leen et al

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See detailDes alternatives aux plantes invasives: plantons autrement - le jardin, un refuge pour la biodiversité
Mathys, Catherine; Halford, Mathieu ULg; Heemers, Leen et al

Book published by SPF Santé Publique, Sécurité de la Chaîne alimentraire et Environnement (2011)

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See detailAlterIAS: a LIFE+ project to curb the introduction of invasive ornamental plants in Belgium
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Etienne, Branquart; Sonia, Vanderhoeven et al

in Aliens: the invasive species bulletin (2011), 31

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See detailPerception and understanding of invasive alien species issues by nature conservation and horticulture professionals in Belgium
Vanderhoeven, Sonia; Piqueray, Julien ULg; Halford, Mathieu ULg et al

in Environmental Management (2011), 47

We conducted a survey to determine how two professional sectors in Belgium, horticulture professionals and nature reserve managers (those directly involved in conservation), view the issues associated ... [more ▼]

We conducted a survey to determine how two professional sectors in Belgium, horticulture professionals and nature reserve managers (those directly involved in conservation), view the issues associated with invasive plant species. We developed and utilized a questionnaire that addressed the themes of awareness, concept and use of language, availability of information, impacts and, finally, control and available solutions. Using co-inertia analyses, we tested to what extent the perception of invasive alien species (IAS) was dependent upon the perception of Nature in general. Only forty-two percent of respondent horticulture professionals and eighty-two percent of nature reserve managers had a general knowledge of IAS. Many individuals in both target groups nonetheless had an accurate understanding of the scientific issues. Our results therefore suggest that the manner in which individuals within the two groups view, or perceive, the IAS issue was more the result of lack of information than simply biased perceptions of target groups. Though IAS perceptions by the two groups diverged, they were on par with how they viewed Nature in general. The descriptions of IAS by participants converged with the ideas and concepts frequently found in the scientific literature. Both managers and horticulture professionals expressed a strong willingness to participate in programs designed to prevent the spread of, and damage caused by, IAS. Despite this, the continued commercial availability of many invasive species highlighted the necessity to use both mandatory and voluntary approaches to reduce their re-introduction and spread. The results of this study provide stakeholders and conservation managers with practical information on which communication and management strategies can be based. [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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