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Basque delegation for environment visits InnovOcean site

Added on 2019-03-28
On 26 and 27 March, a Basque delegation paid a visit to Flanders. Visitors could get acquainted with several Flemish internationally renowned institutions active in marine and maritime research and research support. The delegation visited the InnovOcean site, which accomodates VLIZ and a other internationally renowned marine institutions. This two-day working visit was part of the Declaration of Intent Flanders - Basque Country, which was concluded in 2015.
Photo: The Basque delegation visited the seawater tanks at the Marine Station Ostend (VLIZ)

In the course of the visit, the delegation, led by the Basque vice-minister Elena Monteno, visited several institutions, such as the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and its Marine Station Ostend (MSO), the IODE Project office for IOC/UNESCO, the secretariat of the European Marine Board and the European Marine Observation and Data Network EMODnet, hosted by Flanders at the InnovOcean campus. In addition, it also visited the Coastal and Ocean Basin (COB), a wave tank for coastal hydraulic research that will soon open its doors, during a tour at Greenbridge (Ghent University).
In Borgerhout, the Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) presented its operations to the delegation, and attention was paid to the Flemish SIGMA plan, a project of the Flemish government that aims to reduce the risk of flooding around the Scheldt. The delegation concluded with a site visit to the Antwerp quay walls on the river Scheldt, which are currently being rebuilt.


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