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Geological Survey of Belgium celebrating its 125th anniversary. (Photo: RBINS)

The Geological Survey of Belgium celebrates its 125th birthday

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Reinout Verbeke

On December 16th 2021, our Geological Survey of Belgium was exactly 125 years old. This important milestone was celebrated (with a little delay, due to covid, but nonetheless with much enthusiasm) with a colloquium, a book, an award, a birthday cake and excursions.

Some of the seals with typical circular neck/head trauma (left: Ostend, 6 April; middle: Oostduinkerke, 20 March; right: Lombardsijde, 12 April). (Image : NorthSealTeam - Fire Brigade)

Marine mammals in Belgium in 2021

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Kelle Moreau

In the new report 'Strandings and sightings of marine mammals in Belgium in 2021', the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, SeaLife Blankenberge and the University of Liège compile the results of monitoring and scientific research on marine mammals in Belgium in 2021.

Chital (Axis axis) (Image : Shutterstock)

22 species added to the European list of invasive alien species

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Kelle Moreau

A third update of the list of invasive alien species of European concern (the European List) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 13 July 2022.

Tropical marine ecosystem (Image : Emma Johnston)

Experts predict top emerging impacts on ocean biodiversity over next decade

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Kelle Moreau

Co-location of marine activities, lithium extraction from the deep sea, overfishing of deeper-water species, and the unexpected ocean impacts of wildfires and of new biodegradable materials are among fifteen issues experts warn we ought to be addressing n

Negotiations at the 9th IPBES Plenary meeting, World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany (Image : IISD/ENB – Diego Noguera)

Market value underestimates the total value of nature

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Kelle Moreau

Following the launch of the Sustainable Use of Wild Species Assessment Report on 8 July 2022, the IPBES has released on 11 July a second major scientific docu


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