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New member JPI Oceans Strategic Advisory Board


New member JPI Oceans Strategic Advisory Board

The JPI Oceans Management Board appointed René Dekeling, Senior Policy Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment and Ministry of Defence, as a new member of the Strategic Advisory Board.

Mr. Dekeling follows in the footsteps of Mr. Gert Verreet who resigned from the Board as he will join the JPI Oceans Management Board in his new position at the Flanders Authority, Department for Economy, Science and Innovation. At the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, René Dekeling is coordinator of the research programme on effects of underwater sound on marine life.  The programme, conducted with European and US-partners, combines fundamental biological research with applied acoustic and oceanographic expertise. The results of the programme are used to update operational risk assessment and management by naval commanders, both at the planning level and at sea, to enable responsible use of sonar systems.

In the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, René Dekeling is responsible for the national policy and research programming related to effects of underwater noise, and he is a member of the team coordinating the national implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. International activities include co-chairing the expert group TG Noise that was tasked by the European Commission to assist European member states in making the step from legislation to operational monitoring and management and participation in the OSPAR group working on noise.

The Strategic Advisory Board will welcome Mr. Dekeling at its next meeting on 21 October 2014.

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