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Valorization

Studying the past to confront future endeavours is one of the key principles of the Testerep project. By offering historical perspective on current issues like sea level rise and coastal defense in times of climate change, the project aims to contribute to the betterment of coastal protection policies. This will be achieved by, among other things, acquiring new insights into large-scale coastal morphodynamics, supplying new technologies for modeling & surveying, and serving as a platform for initiatives that raise awareness about past coastal development, current challenges and how these can sustainably be tackled in the future

The project partners, in dialogue with a wide variety of stakeholders and the general public, will make strong efforts to further valorise the output of the project. To this end, they will employ a continuous process of co-creation, which enables the transfer of ideas across scientific disciplines, objectives and backgrounds. Flemish and provincial authorities, coastal municipalities, various tourist services and various players from (marine and maritime) business and consultancy, among others, showed interest from the beginning in following up the project and further valorising the results together.

The basis of the valorisation is built on a stakeholder meeting every six-months. These meetings are open to all interested parties. We will not only share information about the project during these meetings, but also actively try and find ways for the stakeholders to contribute and co-create with the research.

Image of the first stakeholder meeting (20/04/2022)

From the beginning of the project, three fixed valorisation trajectories will be initiated from the project, aimed both at the general public and professional stakeholders:

  • A traveling exhibition and digital walk in Ostend
  • The deployment of citizen science (‘citizen science'):
    • An extension of the CoastSnap citizen science initiative on the Flemish coast
    • Additional citizen participation in the project (e.g. when acquiring samples),
  • Two scientificaly oriented good practice workshops
    1. “Historical Knowledge & Analysis: Good practice in contemporary coastal protection and development”
    2. Good practice guidelines on how to conduct archaeological research in the polders and coastal area

Additionly, there is room within the project to create and shape new, promising ideas regarding coastal defense and Testerep. For example, the project is involved in a stage performance.

Stakeholders

The Blue Cluster is an independent neutral partner for Flemish companies, with a vision to develop and promote economic activities at sea.

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'Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed' is an agency of the Flemish government. Immovable heritage includes architectural, archaeological, landscape, heraldic and maritime heritage.

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The coastal city of Middelkerke, located in the middle of what used to be Testerep. 

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The coastal city of Ostend, located on what used to be the East end of what used to be Testerep.

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The 'Departement Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken' is a department of the Flemish government that actively supports policymaking, investment, management, mobility, road safety and operation of the transport- and portinfrastructure.

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Westtoer brings together players with roles in the tourist-recreational sector of West Flanders.

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The 'Agentschap maritieme dienstverlening en kust' is an agency that concerns itself with guiding shipping in normal and emergency situations, and protecting and informing the population about the sea.

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The province of West Flanders.  

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Jan De Nul is one of the largest dredging companies in the world.

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Antea Group is a Belgian consultancy and engineering firm that operates internationally in hydraulic engineering, infrastructure, coastal construction, real estate, urban design, environment, safety and project management.

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HAEDES is an independent marine engineering company and consultancy based in Belgium and Portugal.

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IMDC is a consultancy specialized in various marine services. 

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'Departement Omgeving' is a department of the Flemish government, which strives for sustainable use of diverse natural resources in a low-carbon, energy-efficient, climate-intelligent society. Furthermore, the 'Departement Omgeving' realizes a strong link between ecological, social and economic dimensions.

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DEME is a globally active group of companies specializing in dredging, land reclamation, port infrastructure, offshore services for the oil and gas industry and wind energy.

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Kusterfgoed is a young heritage cell, founded in 2015 to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Flemish coastal region for future generations.

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TG Vagenvuur makes impressive music theater around themes with both historical and current relevance. 

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