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Welcome to the Coastal Wiki an Internet encyclopaedia of 2,215 information pages for and by coastal professionals providing up-to-date high quality Coastal and Marine information. An international editorial board manages the quality control of the Coastal Wiki. Articles are reviewed by the thematic experts of the editorial board. More about the Coastal Wiki

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Compendium for Coast and Sea - creating a marine science-policy interface

The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an integrated knowledge document about the socio-economic, environmental and institutional aspects of the coast and sea in Flanders and Belgium. As such, it constitutes a one-stop shop for data and information from the Flemish and Belgian marine and maritime research community and experts. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is an initiative of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and was developed in close collaboration with experts from the research community, government, industry and civil society organisations. The first version of the Compendium was launched in 2013, a second edition was presented in 2015.



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Welcome to the Coastal Wiki, your guide to coastal knowledge and experience
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