As part of the action plan 'City of Genk strengthens its nature', an ecotope monitoring exercise was started, based on the Biological Valuation Map. As a central city, Genk includes a remarkably large area of (very) valuable biotopes (47%), mainly forests.
We estimate the proportion of endemic hardwood on site. This allows a better indication of the forest compensation factor to be determined. We randomly determined the tree type composition (hardwood/coniferous and native/exotic) of Genk forests. Overall, 42% of the land area consists of softwood, 32% of native hardwood and 26% of non-native hardwood. Periodically, this sample can be repeated to evaluate the desired conversion to more native hardwood.
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