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Sustainable coexistence with wildlife in an urbanised environment

Fox in Brussels cemetry (Yves Adams - Vildaphoto)
Fox in Brussels cemetry (Yves Adams - Vildaphoto)


As a result of the upgrading of ecological networks, successful nature conservation projects and the greening of urban areas, wildlife is increasingly crossing and inhabiting urbanised areas. In recent years, this has led to increased discussions about living together with wildlife. From a biodiversity perspective, it is a positive story because a number of (large) mammal species are returning to Flanders and adapting to the city as a unique ecosystem. From the ecosystem services concept, wildlife can be considered as a cultural ecosystem service: indication of environmental quality, aesthetic value and key to appreciation of nature in the city. In addition, there are also concerns such as the increasing number of roe deer collisions in traffic, foxes plundering rabbit and hen houses or the stone marten chewing through car cables.

With this project we want to answer the following research questions:
- Which attitudes and values are underlying current wildlife management discussions about living together with wildlife in urbanised areas?
- How can different stakeholders jointly come to practical and morally sound solutions for sustainable wildlife management in urbanised Flanders?
- What kinds of design and spatial planning can contribute to positive changes in attitudes and values for sustainable wildlife co-existence in urbanised areas?
Status Running
Actual start/end date 04/01/2021 - 31/12/2024


INBO Research theme(s)

  • Wildlife management
  • Nature & society