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There are also initiatives to establish so-called urban green and blue networks. The goal of urban green networks is to link natural habitats together, enabling animals and plants to move along ecological corridors connected to the city's surroundings. Urban blue networks, consisting of rivers, streams and other bodies of water in the city, can complete the green networks. The Brussels Capital Region, for instance, is strengthening the ecological corridor in the region through the development of such an urban green and blue network. To ensure a more even distribution of green nature areas and to strengthen the ecological corridor between these areas, a Regional Development Plan was drawn to gradually develop a green and blue network around Brussels. The green network connects the green areas as a ring around the urban area, and the blue network aims to improve the ecological conditions of the rivers and associated wetlands (Bruxelles Environnement – IBGE/Leefmilieu Brussel BIM, 2006). The Green and Blue Network programme was laid out in 1995 and taken up in the Brussels Regional Development Plan. New green spaces were created with “new” objectives for the urban area: preservation of natural vegetation, restoration of pond banks, recuperation of water and improvement of soil quality. Simultaneously, efforts have been made to reconnect green spaces by reopening formerly covered rivers (Chevalier, 2013).

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