Folder about the LIFE+ project in Vochtig Haspengouw
The last folder of our project is an English version about nature and the realisations in the LIFE+ project Vochtig Haspengouw. It gives a summary of the different project areas, species to find, and restoration measures we took in the project. You can find the folder here.
In this folder you can also find intervieuws with people involved in the project, amongst others Ward Cielen, voluntary manager of Munsterbos and Demervallei.
Ward: “The Demer has carved its way through the landscape, 2 metres below ground level with steep banks that drain the meadows, since the 1960s. We want to turn the part of the Demer between Bilzen and Diepenbeek into a living river again that can meander again through the landscape. Thanks to the LIFE+ project, we have already been able to purchase 20 hectares of nature in the valley. You can still see the old meanders on some of those plots. Together with the water manager, we want to restore the river. Of course, this takes time, but fortunately nature has plenty of that. This is how the typical valleys of meadows and alluvial forests from my youth will return.”