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Tuesday 24 September 2019

FRESH4Cs Start Conference

Fresh Water for Coastal Regions
FRESH4Cs Start Conference

The FRESH4Cs project, funded by interreg 2seas, organizes its Start Conference around the topic "Fresh water for coastal regions" on Tuesday 24th of September in Bruges (B).

Fresh water availability is an increasingly important issue in our coastal regions due to a combination of overexploitation, climate change, increase in demand, decrease in natural recharge, …. This conference explores the challenges and opportunities for innovative fresh water management in the coastal regions of France, Belgium, UK and the Netherlands.

Combined with salinization problems, these issues are of even greater importance for our coastal plains. Where an increase in water efficiency is not possible any more, alternative water resources might provide a solution. Those alternative water resources often require innovation at a technological level or for non-technological issues (social, permits, business model). This mini-conference will focus on different alternative water resources and will provide an inspiration moment for water managers and water users in coastal- and non-coastal – regions.



  • 9:00-9:30: Arrival with coffee

  • 9:30-9:40: Opening and welcome by Bastiaan Notebaert (Vlakwa/VITO), project coordinator FRESH4Cs

  • 9:40-10:00: Climate change and engineering coastal water resources by Huub Rijnaarts, Wageningen University and Research (NL)

  • 10:00-10:20: International and policy perspective of alternative water resources in coastal regions by Jan Verheeke, MINA raad Flanders (BE)

  • 10:20-10:40: Water storage in aquifers: a French perspective by Geraldine Picot from BRGM ( Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières), the French Geological Survey

  • 10:40-11:00: Coffee break

  • 11:00-11:20: Desalination as a solution for coastal water problems? by Marjolein Vannoppen, Chair Industrial and Circular Water Technology Ghent University (BE)

  • 11:20-11:40: How to help water stakeholders? By Steve Moncaster, Water Resources East (UK)

  • 11:40-12:00: Alternative water resources for coastal regions: a farmers' perspective by Tom Ormesher, National Farmers Union (UK)

  • 12:00-12:30: Debate

  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch

The conference language is English.


Participation and registration

Particpation is free but registration is mandatory.

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Bastiaan Notebaert (Fresh4Cs Project Coordinator)



The conference will take place at VLM Regio West, Bruges, Belgium. VLM Regio West is located at walking distance from the Bruges train station (20 minutes) and city center, or can be reached by bus (see; bus line 25, stop ‘VIVES’). For detailed directions to the venue in English, click here.


Overnight stay

FRESH4Cs has agreed a special rate with Hotel Olympia. Hotel Olympia is located at only 1.4 km from the venue. The rate is 85 € per person per night, including breakfast buffet (but excluding  2.12€ city tax). This rate can be obtained by booking through their website and using the code VLM2019. There is a limited availability at this rate.


Image: Lasterketak - Wikimedia Commons

Location: Bruges (B)
Organiser: FRESH4Cs Project Consortium, VLM and Vlakwa/VITO