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Practical announcement for the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation regarding COVID-19

Monday 16th March, 2020

For the attention of all involved in the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation.

Please find below a message from Karin Lochte, Chair of the Wadden Sea Board, and Bernard Baerends, CWSS Executive Secretary, on COVID-19 practical arrangements in the framework of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation (TWSC).

In the light of the rapidly changing situation of the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the different measures the states are taking, we would like to inform you about practical arrangements for TWSC meetings scheduled for the period 16 March – 20 April.

In principle, meetings in this period will be held remotely via phone conferences. CWSS has enlarged the capacity for hosting phone conference. Further, CWSS is also investigating, which type of video meeting tool would be suitable and acceptable to all our partners, in order to offer the preferred option of video conferences as soon as possible. You will be informed accordingly if such a solution is feasible and how to use that option.

In case of the planned meeting of NG Sustainable Tourism, EGs Breeding/ Migratory Birds and NG Education/ IWSS workshop, a remote meeting is not practical. Thus, these meetings have been cancelled and postponed.

CWSS will keep the website's TWSC event calendar (log-in required) up to date and add logistic information to each upcoming meeting as soon as possible. Additionally, the chairs and secretaries will inform their group members of any changes via e-mail.

In close contact with the chairs of the different groups, CWSS will also inform you if some of the group work will be undertaken via written procedures or has to be postponed.

These working arrangements are based on the assumption that the WSB meeting in June will be unaffected of the outbreak. New developments might lead to an adjustment of these arrangements.

We hope that with these adaptations we still can move ahead with our agenda and ask for your flexibility and understanding.

We also hope for you stay healthy and safe and send you our best wishes,

Karin Lochte and Bernard Baerends