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The Polar Secretariat

The Belgian Polar Secretariat was brought into being to provide an administrative and financial framework capable of responding rapidly to the highly specific needs of the “Princess Elisabeth” federal research station in Antarctica. It is a body created through input from the public and private sectors, in which Federal Science Policy brings together the secretariat’s co-constructors, the departments of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Sustainable Development and the International Polar Foundation.

As a governing body, the secretariat sees to the logistic maintenance of the base, including waste management, supplies and equipment repairs. It also coordinates, carries out and promotes the station’s scientific activities and disseminates scientific knowledge of Antarctic research and climate change.

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