Since October last year CEDA’s Environment Commission has a new chair
Frederik Roose of the Maritime Access Division of the Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, Belgium succeeded Polite Laboyrie, Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands, who has been chairing the CEC for 8 years and who moved on to CEDA President.
Frederik graduated as a bio-engineer in soil and water management and as a Master of Marine and Lacustrine Sciences, both at the University of Ghent.
Since 2006, he is working as a project coordinator in the Environment Team of the Maritime Access Division, a fitting match with the CEC. The focus of the projects he is involved in lies on monitoring and research that contribute to the integrated management of the Schelde estuary. Examples include: analysis of siltation of Deurganckdok and efficiency of the Current Deflecting Wall, optimizing the relocation strategy for maintaining the maritime fairway, … . In addition, he has experience with management of monitoring data and application development for easier access to geographic data sources.
Frederik has been an active member of CEC since 2009. He has contributed to several CEDA Information Papers (e.g. on ecosystem services, environmental monitoring procedures) and to the WODA Principles of Sustainable Dredging issued during WODCON XX in 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. For several years he also acted as a Young Professional liaison between the CEC and Young CEDA.
“Since it was established in 1992, CEDA Environment Commission was upfront with new developments in dredging and marine construction. In this way, CEDA EC has contributed to CEDA’s position as the independent source of up-to-date knowledge and information on dredging (and environment) and to deliver added value to CEDA’s members.” said Frederik. “As new chair of CEDA Environment Commission, it’s my aim to keep CEDA EC on this track and to address new challenges as they arise.”
When it comes to dealing with future societal challenges, Fredrik believes, that dredging can be part of the solution and, as such, dredging is a necessary tool for integrated management of coastal ecosystems.
“I feel privileged to be able to work together with motivated people with different backgrounds across the entire sector, especially knowing that CEDA prospers from voluntary contributions from its members.” he added.