Quarter flora & fauna species threatened

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27 November 2007, BRUSSELS - More than a quarter of the flora and fauna species in Belgium are threatened with extinction according to a report by the Institute for Nature and Forest Research.

27 November 2007

BRUSSELS - More than a quarter of the flora and fauna species in Belgium are threatened with extinction according to a report by the Institute for Nature and Forest Research.

Last century there were some 40,000 different plant and animal species in Flanders. About 6 percent have become extinct already since the turn of the century. Furthermore, 28 percent of the flora and fauna species are threatened with extinction if action is not taken soon.

According to the Institute for Nature and Forest Research, it is a problem that Flanders is densely populated. Building and intensive agricultural activities pose a threat to the natural habitat of many species.

The nature report evaluates the situation in Flanders every two years. Compared with the last report there has been little change. Myriam Dumortier of the Institute for Nature and Forest Research is disappointed. "The reverse trend we had hoped for has not materialised."

According to the report the surplus of phosphate and nitrogen is a serious threat to fauna and flora. A number of indigenous plans and animals are being overtaken by species that are not native here.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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