The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee) is the coordination and information platform for marine scientific research in Flanders.
The VLIZ is a focal point for marine and coastal-related research and serves as an international contact point.
The VLIZ signs cooperation agreements with Flemish research groups and administrations and furthermore integrates its activities in national and international networks.
Major activities are the management of the Flanders Marine Data and Information Centre (VMDC), the Infodesk, the Sea Library and the research vessel 'Zeeleeuw'.
The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) is a scientific institute of the Flemish Government in Belgium. INBO has resulted from the merger of the Institute for Forestry and Game Management and the Institute of Nature Conservation on January, 1st 2006.