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On 4 May 2019 Dr. H.W.J van Dijk passed away after more than a year of fighting against brain tumor. After his Biology graduation in Amsterdam, I met Erik for the first time in 1975, when he was selected for a PhD grant to investigate the impacts of the river-water infiltration scheme for drinking water supply to the ecology of the Dutch coastal sand dunes. That was his entry into the coastal community, which he never really left until his death.
Erik coached numerous students from the Universities of Leiden and Wageningen and successfully defended his PhD-thesis in 1984. Erik and I had been among the founding fathers of Dutchfoundation for dune conservation and In 1987 we organized the first European Dune Conference in Leiden at the occasion of its 10-years anniversary. It was the start of the EUCC and its conference series.
As a provincial officer in Overijssel, Erik worked in various projects concerning water and energy saving. His passion always remained close to nature and water, for example by serving as a liaison officer on international water experience with Eastern European and later Vietnamese counterparts; and by serving as vice-president of the Dutch Wadden Sea Society. And he loved travelling and photography, which is why he so much enjoyed organizing field trips for the Royal Dutch society for natural history (KNNV).
I was happy to be able to involve Erik in the preparation and project management of a 4 million- euro EUCC-led project on mussel bed restoration in the Dutch Wadden Sea, Mosselwad (2009-2015). This project enabled Erik to successfully and happily conclude his professional career until his retirement in 2015. The last four years Erik was Treasurer of the EUCC. I am grateful and privileged that I was given the opportunity to be part of his life.
By, Albert Salman, Chairman, Leiden Office, Coastal & Marine Union EUCC.
Our three-day international conference and excursions exploring the deltas and the littoral in and around the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands was very successful.
We look back at 4 great days filled with interesting presentations, discussions and social meetings.
Thanks for all who joined us in Leeuwarden!
A unique tool for businesses, entrepreneurs and civil society organizations in the Med Region
to take action
This new publication released by UN Environment/MAP - SCP/RAC, and with technical contribution by Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC), intends to inspire and provide practical indications to implement marine litter solutions in the Mediterranean region.
SCP/RAC and SwitchMed support entrepreneurs and CSOs to take action through technical assistance and seed funding. These solutions not only would benefit the environment in the MENA region, but also provide socio-economic development.
The “25 innovative and inspiring solutions to combat plastic marine litter in the Mediterranean Region” publication is conceived as a practical tool for entrepreneurs and CSOs to identify the best solution for their context and be guided toward its successful implementation.
The 25 solutions have been prioritized through a multi-criteria analysis of their effectiveness and replicability in the MENA region. They have been grouped following the different stages of the product-to-waste chain.
A French version of the publication is also available here.
The Young Professionals Coastal Community entails the establishment of an educational programme based on the Climate of Coastal Cooperation (CCC) book in close cooperation with young professionals, experts and academia. The educational programme from Impacts of Global Change to Adaptive Responses and stimulates students and young professionals to engage in a topic related to the impacts of climate change, specifically on ‘their stretch of coast’. Participation in the programme also includes a lecture- and fieldwork-weekend on the Dutch Waddensea Isle of Ameland and the opportunity to present research at our international Conference LITTORAL.
Learn more about this at ypcc and join YPCC 2018!