Research projects

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01/01/2021 to 31/12/2030

The Southern Ocean contribution to the UN Ocean Decade

In 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (hereafter referred to as the UN Ocean Decade) from 2021 until 2030 to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health.

COPE (c) Anton Van de Putte
15/12/2019 to 15/03/2024

COPE - Conservation management of polar ecosystems: using genomic approaches to study connectivity


Polar ecosystems harbour a unique cold-adapted biodiversity that is threatened by rapid environmental change and increasing anthropogenic impact.

15/04/2017 to 14/04/2021

ORCA - A comparative analysis of organic and conventional agriculture's impact on aquatic biodiversity

There is an ongoing debate on the choice of agricultural practices in terms of their impact on food security, ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. The impact of organic farming is expected to differ from that of conventional farming and is promoted under the current EU Common Agricultural Policy.

01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019


The project addresses the evaluation of the economic value of ecosystem services (ES) in UNESCO-MAB sites from a regional perspective (Africa) and focuses on sites from 4 countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda. The expected results will contribute to the transition to green economy in Africa.

01/12/2016 to 30/11/2020

Sustainable fisheries in Lake Tanganyika

Towards sustainable fisheries in Lake Tanganyika: integration of genetics, environmental data and stakeholder involvement. This project is a VLADOC scholarship, funded by VLIR-UOS, with a total budget of 145,000 €. 

xperibird project
01/01/2016 to 31/12/2021 is an educational project that aims to develop a tit nesting observation network across Belgium. It also seeks to familiarise school pupils with data collection and Internet data transfer techniques.

01/01/2016 to 31/12/2017

International networking of federal scientific institutions

This project was selected by Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) in the context of strengthening the international networks of the Federal Scientific Establishments (ESFs), RBINS included. The global management was ensured by Dr Muhashy Habiyaremye (CEBioS).

01/12/2015 to 31/03/2018

SAFRED: Saving Freshwater Biodiversity Research Data

SAFRED is a Belspo funded BRAIN project in which KULeuven, UGent, ULg, INBO, UNamur, BBPf, BOKU and RBINS collaborate to publish Belgian freshwater biodiversity data.

01/09/2015 to 31/08/2018

AMAZONFISH: Amazonian Freshwater Fish Biodiversity

AMAZON FISH aims to build a high quality freshwater fish biodiversity database covering the entire Amazon drainage basin. This is done by mobilizing and integrating information available in scientific literature.

01/06/2015 to 30/11/2018


Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies (AQUACROSS) aims to support EU efforts to protect aquatic biodiversity and ensure the provision of aquatic ecosystem services.


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