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IMARES Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies

NIOO_KNAW The Netherlands Institute of Ecology

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research



The Trilateral Cooperation on the Protection of the Wadden Sea. Since 1978, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark coordinate their activities and measures for a comprehensive protection of the Wadden Sea. 

Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC)
The Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) is an association with 2700 members and member organisations in 40 countries. Founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting coastal conservation by bridging the gap between scientists, environmentalists, site managers, planners and policy makers, it has grown since then into the largest network of coastal practitioners and experts in Europe, with 14 National Branches and offices in seven countries. Our working area is Europe, the Mediterranean and Black Sea and other neighbouring regions.

Waddensea Worldheritage
In June 2009 the Wadden Sea was added to the World Heritage List. Why is the Wadden Sea a World Heritage Site? And what does this mean? Find out more on this website.

LOICZ is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). LOICZ aims to provide science that contributes towards understanding the Earth system in order to inform, educate and contribute to the sustainability of the world's coastal zone. Therefore LOICZ seeks to inform the scientific community, policymakers, managers and stakeholders on the relevance of global environmental change in the coastal zone.

Global Islands Network
The Global Islands Network represents a hub that connects and coordinates efforts to help ensure a healthy and productive future for islanders.

Climate Proof Areas
website of the Interreg IVB Project Climate Proof Areas with information on climate change in the North Sea region. Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have joined  forces in  a project called 'Climate Proof Areas'. Scientists, water experts and civil servants from  all five partners  are  developing  new innovative and sustainable methods to  help render ten threatened areas climate proof. Within every project local governments and inhabitants are involved to make sure various local threats and problems will be taken into account.

IGU Commission on Islands

International Small Islands Studies Association