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Invasive species - Invasive plants near waterways in West and East Flanders, Belgium
Vanderhaeghe F, Brosens D, Van de Meuter F, Raman M, Van Kerckvoorde A (2021): Invasive species - Invasive plants near waterways in West and East Flanders, Belgium. v1.5. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Samplingevent.

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Invasive species - Invasive plants near waterways in West and East Flanders, Belgium is a sampling event dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). It contains over 2,000 occurrences of 25 invasive alien plants along navigable waterways in West and East Flanders, Belgium. The dataset is the result of an exploratory screening in 2011 for these plants by the INBO and is a first attempt to assess the problem of invasive alien species along these watercourses, in order to underpin options for control or management. more

Fieldwork was mostly done by bike, surveying the river- and canalbanks. The goal was to have an overview, not to have an exhaustive mapping of all alien plants near waterways.
Study Extent: In 2011, ca. 1250 kilometers were screened (not in detail) for the presence of invasive alien plants, as defined by the ISEIA-protocol. 23 invasive alien plant species were recorded, of which 13 belong to the ‘black list’ (species with the highest biological impact). The presence of invasive alien plants spanned 74 kilometers of river or canal banks (not taking overlap between species into account), 48 kilometers of which were occupied by black-list species.
Method step description:
  1. The source data for this dataset are stored in the INBO NBN database.
  2. Create two SQL views to transform the data to Darwin Core (Events and Occurrences). These queries are available on GitHub at
  3. These views are connected to the INBO IPT and documented with metadata.
  4. The dataset is published and registered with GBIF.

Biology > Plants
Fresh water, Terrestrial, Invasive species, Belgium, Flanders, Plantae

Geographical coverage
Belgium, Flanders [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1 January 2011 - 31 December 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Plantae [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2019-04-11
Information last updated: 2021-07-13
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