Natagora’s primary goal is to protect nature in our immediate surroundings, namely the Brussels and Wallonia regions (their Flemish counterpart is called Natuurpunt). They aim to reinstall and restore biodiversity, in balance with human activity and presence, by working on four axes. These axes are protection (managing natural reserves), study (research of those natural reserves and the species that inhabit those), involvement (challenging and engaging with decision makers) and education (educating the different actors). Here’s more on each of those.
Protecting and creating natural reserves.
Developing spaces suitable for the development of wildlife, one of Natagora’s key objectives, means allowing nature to restore itself and sensitizing the owners and users of these spaces. The end goal is to preserve the multitude of plant and animal species that are having difficulties surviving in landscapes that are used for intensive agriculture or severely urbanized spaces.
Studying in order to know what different species need.
Briefly summarized, it’s about knowing more to protect better. Knowing the ratio of wild species in the regions they’re active in, knowing the size of their population and knowing the dangers these species face. This helps them to do whatever is needed to protect them and to favorize biodiversity. All of Natagora’s “militant” actions are based on objective information that was collected in the field.
Getting involved to engage with decision makers.
Naturalists, ornithologists, nature connoisseurs, neophytes, men, women, students, pensioners; the people that are part of Natagora offer their time because of their passion for nature. Each one of them understands the urgency we currently face to protect our environment and biodiversity. That’s why they also reach out to and engage in discussions with local and regional politicians and decision makers.
Educating to coach responsible actors.
More than ever, it’s necessary to break from the old ways and to replace these by new ones that can sustain our future. Changing behaviors is the goal of the educational actions taken by Natagora. A few examples of these actions:
#Reconnect: Bringing naturalists and farmers together.
With this project, Natagora wants to emphasize that farmers are the best allies when it comes to protecting and enhancing biodiversity. Farmers that utilize and multiply agri-ecological measures are supported.
La Laine Fleurie (Flowered Wool in English).
Within the framework of the Interregional DEFI-Wool, Natagora supports the breeding of sheep used in favorable ways for biodiversity. In concrete terms, the valorization of wool from the sheep used to maintain pasture sites of great biological interest. The harvested wool is processed locally by craftsmen and women, to produce beautiful, sustainable products.
Local Natagora groups.
Organized locally, volunteers propose activities in their respective areas: guided nature walks, creating natural gardens, local events, protection and cleaning of sites, conferences, lectures etc.