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Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BELSPO-BBPF)

Parent institute: Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more

Thesaurus terms (3) : Biodiversity; Data acquisition; Databases
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussel

Fax: +32-(0)2-627 41 13
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Type: Administrative

Persons (6)  Top | Publications | Projects | Events | Datasets 

Persons formerly associated with this organization (7)


Our mission is to foster biodiversity research that contributes to sustainable development, by:

  • Facilitating access to biodiversity data, science and research information;
  • Encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation amongst scientists;
  • Stimulating interaction between scientists, policy makers and stakeholders in biodiversity research;
  • Advising on the designation of biodiversity research priorities;
  • Promoting Belgian biodiversity research at international fora.

Task and services

To accomplish our mission, the platform:

  • Valorizes Belgian biodiversity data by making them accessible worldwide, through a unified web portal. As national node for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), we offer support to researchers in developing, linking and, eventually, hosting databases;
  • Develops BioBel, a reference database on biodiversity related research and resources in Belgium;
  • Animates thematic forums and organizes events on topical issues in biodiversity research to encourage communication and discussion between scientists, policy makers and stakeholders; they act as catalysts for the integration of science into biodiversity conservation and policy and as kernel for projects on specific problems related to the management and conservation of biodiversity;
  • Analyses scientific research with a view to contribute to the development of an effective and appropriate science policy;
  • Serves as interface between researchers and Belgian and international science policy organizations. As such, the platform is the secretariat of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) and the National committee of the international biodiversity programme DIVERSITAS.

Publications (25)  Top | Persons | Projects | Events | Datasets 
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  • Peer reviewed article Pascual, U.; Balvanera, P.; Anderson, C.B.; Chaplin-Kramer, R.; Christie, M.; González-Jiménez, D.; Martin, A.; Raymond, C.M.; Termansen, M.; Vatn, A.; Athayde, S.; Baptiste, B.; Barton, D.N.; Jacobs, S.; Kelemen, E.; Kumar, R.; Lazos, E.; Mwampamba, T.H.; Nakangu, B.; O’Farrell, P.; Subramanian, S.M.; van Noordwijk, M.; Ahn, S.; Amaruzaman, S.; Amin, A.M.; Arias-Arévalo, P.; Arroyo-Robles, G.; Cantú-Fernández, M.; Castro, A.J.; Contreras, V.; De Vos, A.; Dendoncker, N.; Engel, S.; Eser, U.; Faith, D.P.; Filyushkina, A.; Ghazi, H.; Gómez-Baggethun, E.; Gould, R.K.; Guibrunet, L.; Gundimeda, H.; Hahn, T.; Harmácková, Z.V.; Hernández-Blanco, M.; Horcea-Milcu, A.-I.; Huambachano, M.; Wicher, N.L.H.; Aydin, C.I.; Islar, M.; Koessler, A.-K.; Kenter, J.O.; Kosmus, M.; Lee, H.; Leimona, B.; Lele, S.; Lenzi, D.; Lliso, B.; Mannetti, L.M.; Merçon, J.; Monroy-Sais, A.S.; Mukherjee, N.; Muraca, B.; Muradian, R.; Murali, R.; Nelson, S.H.; Nemogá-Soto, G.R.; Ngouhouo-Poufoun, J.; Niamir, A.; Nuesiri, E.; Nyumba, T.O.; Özkaynak, B.; Palomo, I.; Pandit, R.; Pawłowska-Mainville, A.; Porter-Bolland, L.; Quaas, M.; Rode, J.; Rozzi, R.; Sachdeva, S.; Samakov, A.; Schaafsma, M.; Sitas, N.; Ungar, P.; Yiu, E.; Yoshida, Y.; Zent, E. (2023). Diverse values of nature for sustainability. Nature (Lond.) 620(7975): 813-823., more
  • Peer reviewed article Devos, K.; T´Jollyn, F.; Desmet, P.; Piesschaert, F.; Brosens, D. (2020). Watervogels – Wintering waterbirds in Flanders, Belgium. ZooKeys 915: 127-135., more
  • Peer reviewed article Desmet, P.; Van Hoey, S.; Reyserhove, L.; Brosens, D.; Oldoni, D.; Milotic, T. (2019). Standardizing biologging data for LifeWatch: camera traps, acoustic telemetry and GPS tracking. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e37413., more
  • Peer reviewed article Groom, Q.; Desmet, P.; Reyserhove, L.; Adriaens, T.; Oldoni, D.; Vanderhoeven, S.; Baskauf, S.J.; Chapman, A.; McGeoch, M.; Walls, R.; Wieczorek, J.; Wilson, J.R.U.; Zermoglio, P.F.; Simpson, A. (2019). Improving Darwin Core for research and management of alien species. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e38084., more
  • Peer reviewed article Maes, D.; Brosens, D.; T’jollyn, F.; Desmet, P.; Piesschaert, F.; Van Hoey, S.; Adriaens, T.; Dekoninck, W.; Devos, K.; Lock, K.; Onkelinx, T.; Packet, J.; Speybroeck, J.; Thomaes, A.; Van Den Berge, K.; Van Landuyt, W.; Verreycken, H. (2019). A database of threat statuses and life-history traits of Red List species in Flanders (northern Belgium). Biodiversity Data Journal 7: e34089., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lepoint, G.; Heughebaert, A.; Michel, L.N. (2016). Epiphytic bryozoans on Neptune grass - a sample-based data set. ZooKeys 606: 1-10., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lucy, F.E.; Roy, H.; Simpson, A.; Carlton, J.T.; Hanson, J.M.; Magellan, K.; Campbell, M.L.; Costello, M.J.; Pagad, S.; Hewitt, C.L.; McDonald, J.; Cassey, P.; Thomaz, S.; Katsanevakis, S.; Zenetos, A.; Tricarico, E.; Boggero, A.; Groom, Q.; Adriaens, T.; Vanderhoeven, S.; Torchin, M.; Hufbauer, R.; Fuller, P.; Carman, M.R.; Conn, D.B.; Vitule, J.R.S.; Canning-Clode, J.; Galil, B.S.; Ojaveer, H.; Bailey, S.A.; Therriault, T.W.; Claudi, R.; Gazda, A.; Dick, J.T.A.; Caffrey, J.; Witt, A.; Kenis, M.; Lehtiniemi, M.; Helmisaari, H.; Panov, V.E. (2016). INVASIVESNET towards an International Association for Open Knowledge on Invasive Alien Species. Manag. Biol. Inv. 7(2): 131-139., more
  • Peer reviewed article Michel, L.; Sturaro, N.; Heughebaert, A.; Lepoint, G. (2016). AxIOM: Amphipod crustaceans from insular Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e10109., more
  • Peer reviewed article D’hondt, B.; Vanderhoeven, S.; Roelandt, S.; Mayer, F.; Versteirt, V.; Adriaens, T.; Ducheyne, E.; San Martin, G.; Grégoire, J.-C.; Stiers, I.; Quoilin, S.; Cigar, J.; Heughebaert, A.; Branquart, E. (2015). Harmonia+ and Pandora+: risk screening tools for potentially invasive plants, animals and their pathogens. Biological Invasions 17(6): 1869-1883., more
  • Peer reviewed article Vanderhoeven, S.; Adriaens, T.; D’hondt, B.; Van Gossum, H.; Vandegehuchte, M.; Verreycken, H.; Cigar, J.; Branquart, E. (2015). A science-based approach to tackle invasive alien species in Belgium – the role of the ISEIA protocol and the Harmonia information system as decision support tools. Manag. Biol. Inv. 6(2): 197–208., more
  • Peer reviewed article Flores, H.; Atkinson, A.; Kawaguchi, S.; Krafft, B.A.; Milinevsky, G.; Nicol, S.; Reiss, C.; Tarling, G.A.; Werner, R.; Bravo Rebolledo, E.; Cirelli, V.; Cuzin-Roudy, J.; Fielding, S.; Groeneveld, J.J.; Haraldsson, M.; Lombana, A.; Marschoff, E.; Meyer, B.; Pakhomov, E.A.; Rombolá, E.; Schmidt, K.; Siegel, V.; Teschke, M.; Tonkes, H.; Toullec, J.Y.; Trathan, P.N.; Tremblay, N.; Van de Putte, A.P.; Van Franeker, J.A.; Werner, T. (2012). Impact of climate change on Antarctic krill. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 458: 1-19., more
  • Peer reviewed article Segers, H.; De Smet, W.H.; Fischer, C.; Fontaneto, D.; Michaloudi, E.; Wallace, R.L.; Jersabek, C.D. (2012). Towards a list of available names in Zoology, partim Phylum Rotifera. Zootaxa 3179: 61-68, more
  • Peer reviewed article Volckaert, F.A.M.; Rock, J.; Van de Putte, A.P. (2012). Connectivity and molecular ecology of Antarctic fishes, in: di Prisco, G. et al. Adaptation and Evolution in Marine Environments, Volume 1. The Impacts of Global Change on Biodiversity. From Pole to Pole, : pp. 75-96., more
  • Peer reviewed article Massó i Alemán, S.; Bourgeois, C.; Appeltans, W.; Vanhoorne, B.; De Hauwere, N.; Stoffelen, P.; Heughebaert, A.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F. (2010). The 'Mangrove Reference Database and Herbarium'. Plant Ecol. Evol. 143(2): 225-232., more
  • Peer reviewed article Gillikin, D.P.; De Wachter, B.; Tack, J.F. (2004). Physiological responses of two ecologically important Kenyan mangrove crabs exposed to altered salinity regimes. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 301(1): 93-109., more
  • Peer reviewed article Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Verneirt, M.; Cannicci, S.; Kairo, J.G.; Tack, J.F.; Koedam, N. (2002). An exploratory study on grapsid crab zonation in Kenyan mangroves. Wetlands Ecol. Manag. 10(3): 179-187, more
  • Vanderhoeven, S.; Adriaens, T.; Desmet, P.; Strubbe, D.; Backeljau, T.; Barbier, Y.; Brosens, D.; Cigar, J.; Coupremanne, M.; De Troch, R.; Eggermont, H.; Heughebaert, A.; Hostens, K.; Huybrechts, P.; Jacquemart, A.-L.; Lens, L.; Monty, A.; Paquet, J.-Y.; Prévot, C.; Robertson, T.; Termonia, P.; Van De Kerchove, R.; Van Hoey, G.; Van Schaeybroeck, B.; Vercayie, D.; Verleye, T.J.; Welby, S.; Groom, Q.J. (2017). Tracking Invasive Alien Species (TrIAS): building a data-driven framework to inform policy. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e13414., more
  • Vanden Borre, J.; Nuyttens, D.; Tack, J.F. (2016). Het arendsoog van de wetenschap. De Landeigenaar in Vlaanderen 72: 28-30, more
  • Van de Putte, A.; Segers, H. (2013). De toegangspoort tot biodiversiteitsgegevens van het Zuidpoolgebied. Sci. connect. (Ned. ed.) 41: 16-19, more
  • Vanderhoeven, S.; Branquart, E. (2013). Building knowledge for invasive species policy and management: the need for collaborative learning between actors, in: Robbens, J. et al. (Ed.) Non-indigenous species in the North-East Atlantic. Ostend, 20-22 November 2013: Book of abstracts. VLIZ Special Publication, 66: pp. 36, more
  • Segers, H.; Branquart, E. (Ed.) (2010). Science facing aliens. Proceedings of a scientific meeting on invasive aliens species. Belgian Biodiversity Platform: Brussel. ISBN 978901815114903. 93 pp., more
  • (2009). Guidelines for environmental impact assessment and list classification of non-native organisms in Belgium. Belgian Biodiversity Platform: Belgium. 4 pp., more
  • Branquart, E.; Segers, H. (Ed.) (2009). Abstract volume of the Science facing aliens meeting, Brussels 11th May 2009. Belgian Biodiversity Platform: Brussel. 64 + Presentations pp., more
  • Massó i Alemán, S.; Bourgeois, C.; Appeltans, W.; Vanhoorne, B.; De Hauwere, N.; Stoffelen, P.; Heughebaert, A.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F. (2009). The mangrove reference database and herbarium, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts: an overview of marine research in Belgium anno 2009. 10th VLIZ Young Scientists' Day. Special edition at the occasion of 10 years VLIZ. VLIZ Special Publication, 43: pp. 93, more
  • Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Bouillon, S.; Tack, J.F.; Koedam, N. (2001). Spookjeswoud vol krabben. Nat. tech. 69(5): 66-71, more

Projects (3)  Top | Persons | Publications | Events | Datasets 
  • ANTABIF: Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility, more
  • Niet-inheemse soorten in het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee en omliggende estuaria, more
  • PESI: A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure, more

Events (10)  Top | Persons | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • User & Stakeholders Meeting, more
  • EBR II Conference - Empowering Biodiversity Research, more
  • Empowering Biodiversity Research, more
  • Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference II - POSTPONED TO 2021, more
  • LifeWatch Biodiversity Day 2021: biologging & camera trapping, more
  • LifeWatch Biodiversity Day 2022: Habitat mapping - POSTPONED, more
  • LifeWatch Biodiversity Day 2023: Habitat mapping, more
  • LifeWatch Biodiversity Day 2024: Taxonomy, more
  • User & Stakeholders Meeting 2020 - ONLINE EVENT, more
  • Scientific Tools for in situ Biodiversity Conservation (monitoring, modelling and experiments), more

Datasets (3)  Top | Persons | Publications | Projects | Events 
  • Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species - Belgium, more
  • RIPARIAS target species list, more
  • Rotifera Checklist for ERMS 2.0, more

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