With everyone talking about back to school, the ENDURE project partners headed back to the meeting room in Ghent. There was also time for a workshop with local stakeholders alongside the 6-monthly steering group meetings.
Ghent is named after the word "ganda" - confluence, as it is situated at the confluence of two rivers (Lys and Scheldt). That is where monks chose to build their monastery way back in the year 630. Nearly 1400 years later, Endure was adding its own sand particle to the history of this magnificent city.
After Lille and Norwich, the amazing Thagaste monastery in Ghent played host to the meetings over three days. The Tolle Lege Library on the second floor giving a studious atmosphere to proceedings.
The meeting also gave the partners the opportunity to organise the annual contact point with the Interreg 2 Seas Joint Secretariat, with Vincent catching up with the project and its progress. Our thanks to him and Pieter for all their help with the project.
With Tuesday providing a lot of planning meeting it was good to get a more hands on approach on the Wednesday. Observer partners from France and Belgium joined, alongside some local stakeholders, to help us define our main mapping tool. Ultimately they will be the end users, and it was great to get their feedback.
We're pleased to say Thursday provided a successful end to the meetings and we all agreed on the next steps for our Mapping tool: our very own treaty of Ghent. We'll keep you posted on the progress of course!
All the partners were sad to leave Ghent and would all recommend you visit - and try the famous Cuberdons!
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