Life Grote Nete - Restoration of the lowland river system Grote Nete, Belgium
The aim of the project was to restore a landscape mosaic with heathlands, dune habitats, wetlands and grasslands on 1850 ha in the valley of the Grote Nete in the Campine region of Belgium. An integrated management plan for the site has been prepared and actions have been implemented to ensure permanent conservation of the habitats. A long term partnership has been established with the Province of Antwerp to preserve and enlarge the populations of brook lamprey (Lampetra planeri) and spined loach (Cobitis taenia). Restoration has primarily been undertaken by means of clearing trees, renaturation of river courses and landscape hydrology, eradication of invasive water plants and improving spawning possibilities or fish in the river system.