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Methods and strategies to monitor and manage human impact on urbanized protected areas (UPA)


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The Field Research Centre (FRC) - UHasselt is located on Terhills in the periphery of Connecterra, the main gate of the only national park in Belgium, the National Park Hoge Kempen.

How to reach the FRC


To reach the FRC, take exit 33 on the E314 highway (Brussels - Aachen) and follow the signs ‘Maasmechelen Leisure Valley’ on a route that follows the canal for some kilometers. Keep following this road across tree roundabouts until the signs 'PARKING EUROSCOOP' and 'CONNECTERRA' indicate the parking lot. Continue the rest of the way (300m) walking trough the French Garden as indicated below.



The Field Research Centre is conveniently located near three international airports.


'De Lijn' runs regular hourly bus services from Genk or Hasselt train stations (No 45) to Maasmechelen, with both journeys taking around an hour. Check the timetables here.

A day pass costs just €6 and allows you unlimited travel on the De Lijn network.