Characterization and Management of Natural Resources

EDEN - J. Yans

Collaboration with the University of Montpellier on a new project financed by the ANR (Agence nationale de la recherche, France): Life during past super-warm climate events - Evolutionary Dynamics of Early EoceNe mammals from Southwestern France (EDEN). The objective is to describe the evolution of fossils following the numerous climatic changes during the Paleogene (between 66 and 23 Ma), especially during rapid global warming intervals that are comparable to today’s situation and could contribute to predictive modelling of mammalian responses to present climate change. (2021)

MP-ISSEP-pêche - P. Kestemont

Fish sampling by electrofishing within the framework of the monitoring network "BIOTES" (2021-2024)

MP-WALPHY-10ans - P. Kestemont

Assess the long-term effectiveness of restoration works in two rivers, the Bocq and the Eau Blanche, in the frame of the LIFE Walphy project, launched >10 years ago by the Walloon Region. In the Bocq basin, the free circulation of organisms and sediments was increased. While in the Eau Blanche basin, the river was “de-channelised" by recreating habitat diversity and even new meanders.

AQUA: Implementation of a walloon platform dedicated to freshwater fish - P. Kestemont & F. Silvestre

Objective of this project is to strengthen and expand the infrastructure for fundamental and applied research in aquaculture and foster the collaboration of UNamur, Uliège and UClouvain. (2019-2024)

Source to Sink SP7 - J. Yans & A. Deckoninck

 The objective is to identify the age of the paleosurfaces around the Massif Central, based on the presence of ancient manganese deposits. Learn more (2019-2020)

FSO : First spin-off project. TRAQUA: Projet de recherche d’intérêt général. Développement de solutions d’équipements dans le domaine du monitoring hydrogéologique - V. Hallet

Spécialiste dans les techniques d’analyses et de monitoring d’écoulements d’eau. Solutions technologiques et une expertise sur mesure à toutes problématiques hydrogéologiques ou hydrologiques (analyse, diagnostic, monitoring). Website and Flyer! (2018-2021)

Patrimoine géologique et pédologique en Province de Namur: sentiers géopédologiques de Gedinne et de Nismes - V. Hallet

With the geological and pedologicals pathways of the Namur Province, one can experience nature with the regard of a geologist or pedologist. They explain the links between the below-soil (geology), landscape aspects (geomorphology) and soil (pedology) to help understand the processes that have formed current landscapes. (2018) See those already published

BIOTES 2018, 2019, 2020: Convention de collaboration dans le cadre du réseau d'analyses BIOTES et des projets de recherche "Microplast" et "STEP-PE": prélèvement de poissons par pêches électriques - P. Kestemont

Provision of monitoring networks for bodies of underground and surface water, bathing waters and discharge waters to contribute to the implementation of the Framework Directive on Water and its daughter directives (European directives). Assistance to the ISSeP, which manages sampling, physico-chemical and microbiological analysis, and the exotoxicological characterisation of various types of aqueous samples. (2018, 2019, 2020) Read more

LIFE4FISH: Downstream fish migration along the Low Meuse River - P. Kestemont

A restoration program targeting on Atlantic salmon and European eel, though other species could profit as well. Characterisation of fish populations and downstream migration routes / periods along the Lower Meuse River, information that will be included into control strategies of hydraulic power plants. Installation and monitoring of innovative technologies (repulsive barriers and fish passes) to facilitate the passage through hydropower facilities. (2017-2022) Read more

Caractérisation hydrochimique des aquifères calcaires frasniens - V. Hallet & A. Cotton

Hydrochemical characterisation of Frasnian limestone aquifers. (2017-2021)

DIADeM: Development of an Integrated Approach for the Diagnosis of Water quality in the Meuse - P. Kestemont & F. De Laender

Purification plants are usually unable to filter pharmaceuticals, which are partly segregated via urine and finally end up in natural watercourses. Possible impacts of such so-called emerging molecules on aquatic organisms will be identified and tools will be developed to improve ecosystem management. (2017-2019) Read more or watch a video

STREAM: Développement de solutions d'équipement dans le domaine du monitoring hydrogéologique - V. Hallet & A. Poulain

Find solutions for equipment for hydrogeological monitoring. Research output (2017-2019)

Saumon 2017: Réhabilitation du saumon atlantique dans le bassin de la Meuse - P. Kestemont & R. Mandiki

Continued efforts to re-establish and monitor Atlantic Salmon. (2017-2018)

Characterization of supergene ores of Morocco - J. Yans

Projet ERASMUS + avec Université d’Oujda – Prof. M. Bouabdellah (2016-2020)

Oligocene and Miocene platyrrhine primates from Tarapoto, Peruvian Amazonia - J. Yans

Leakey Foundation, Partner, Leader: L. Marivaux (University of Montpellier). (2016-2020)

FEAMP smolts: Optimisation des performances des smolts dans le bassin mosan - P. Kestemont & R. Mandiki

Fonds européen pour les Affaires Maritimes et la Pêche (FEAMP) - Increase the proportion of smolts travelling to the sea by augmenting the survival and fitness of young salmon during early developmental stages. (2016-2019) Read more

Coordination CIE: Coordination du groupe eaux souterraines au sein de la Commission Internationale de l'Escaut (CIE) - V. Hallet

International commission to protect and restore the Scheldt, a river of 355 km in length crossing France, Belgium and the Netherlands. (2016-2018)

Carte géologique: Programme de révision de la carte géologique de Wallonie - J. Yans

Continued effort to actualise geological maps of the Walloon region to guarantee an efficient landscape management and protection of the environment. (2016-2017; 2017-2018) Read more

Characterization of supergene ore deposits of the Moroccan High Atlas, and (U-Th)/He dating of iron (hydr-)oxides: implications to decipher the causes of weathering processes. - M. Verhaert & J. Yans

Increase knowledge on supergene ore deposits that are mined all over the world. Their ores have competitive advantages with regard to their hypogene homologues: enrichment in metals and rare elements, accessibility and ease of mining, no release of sulfuric acid or heavy metals. (2016-2017) Read more

L'évaluation de la qualité des rivières wallonnes (canaux et grandes rivières) par pêche électrique en bateau, sur base des "indices biologiques poissons" - P. Kestemont

Evaluation of the quality of Wallon rivers on the basis of fish as biological indicators. (2016-2017)


Study the origin and evolution of the earliest modern vertebrates. (2016) Read more

Prestation de services Waterschap Roer en Overmaas - P. Kestemont & A. Latli

The Geul River has an undeniable potential for restocking Atlantic salmon due to physico-chemical quality, habitat availability and abundance of suitable prey. The success of the reintroduction efforts is assessed by evaluating the growth rate, the fitness and the Catch Per Unit Effort of the fry restocked. The restocking of Atlantic salmon in the Geul River was an obvious success. The growth rate of the fry is one of the highest observed during the Meuse Salmon project. (2016) Read more

BIOTES 2016: développement et la validation du monitoring des substances prioritaires DCE sur la matrice "biotes" et l'évaluation des échantillonneurs passifs comme matrice alternative potentielle - P. Kestemont

Development and evaluation of monitoring of dangerous substances of priority according to the Water Directive on the base of biotic indicators. Evaluation of possible passive samplers as alternatives. (2016)

BRAIN-SAFRED: Saving Freshwater Biodiversity Research Data - P. Kestemont 

Concerted effort towards systematic recovery and publication of data generated in freshwater research. Project partners have been engaged in numerous research projects dealing with freshwater environments, but the underlying data have not yet been publicly released in a systematic manner. Data will be published via the Belgian Biodiversity Platform and the Freshwater Information Platform. (2015-2018) Read more