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Report marine mammals 2015
13/10/2016

100 Stranded Marine Mammals in Belgium in 2015

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Sigrid Maebe

During the last decennia we have been confronted with many strandings of marine mammals. Mostly these concern harbour porpoises or seals, and in very rare cases a larger cetacean. Almost 100 marine mammals stranded on our beaches in 2015.

The prize winners and the aircraft OO-MMM.
26/07/2016

Prize Winners Participate in an Observation Flight

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Sigrid Maebe

On July 8, 2016, two winners of the contest “1001 ideas” received their prize.

The North Sea
19/07/2016

Evaluation of the Belgian Coastal Waters

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Sigrid Maebe

Until 31 October 2016 the Belgian Ministry for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment is organising a public consultation on the management plan for Belgian coastal waters. This management plan was drawn up to make Belgian waters as clean as possible. 

Zoom on dredging operations in Markermeer (Figure: RBINS - Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2016).
02/06/2016

Marker Wadden Dredging Operations Observed by Sentinel-2A Satellite

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Sigrid Maebe

In the Netherlands, dredging operations in the lake Markermeer can be seen from space! RBINS scientists process satellite images and validate these images with measurements in the lake.

Addax antelope (Photo: Thomas Rabeil/Sahara Conservation Fund)
26/05/2016

Good News and Bad News from the Sahara

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Sigrid Maebe

The reintroduction of the Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah) in Chad is a very positive development for the species.  Unfortunately, in the meantime, regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax (

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