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GRID-Arendal and InterRidge to sign Letter of Collaboration

GRID-Arendal and InterRidge are pleased to announce a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to be signed
with GRID-Arendal, to the establishment of a framework for cooperation on a number of marine environmental, scientific and resource issues. This will be the first LoA in which
InterRidge is a signatory. LoA's are routinely used at GRID-Arendal for
non-binding expressions of cooperation.

InterRidge is an international organization that pools the resources of its member countries to drive oceanic ridge research forward in a way that is cost-effective, cooperative and proven to be successful. InterRidge promotes interdisciplinary, international studies of oceanic spreading centers by creating a global research community, planning and coordinating new science programs that no single nation can achieve alone, exchanging scientific information, and sharing new technologies and facilities. InterRidge is dedicated to reaching out to the public, scientists and governments, and to providing a unified voice for ocean ridge researchers worldwide

Forms of cooperation under the LoA consist of the exchange of information (the nature of which will be defined in the context of specific projects, support initiatives or other activities), a regular process of interaction (e.g., meetings, workshop participation) and a realistic identification and implementation of synergies. Both parties will benefit from increased communication and interaction in activities of mutual interest such as providing scientific information to international organizations and decision makers (e.g., UNESCO, International Seabed Authority, NGOs). InterRidge will benefit from the access to GRID-Arendal's outreach capacity and involvement with their University of the Sea programme to implement a new cruise berth program proposed by the incoming InterRidge Chairs. Jon Copley incoming InterRidge Co-Chair, said that the LoA "fits well with how we see InterRidge continuing to develop in the next office term (particularly our goals for reaching out to policymakers).

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