Joop Marquenie

Joop Marquenie


expert in environmental management, ESHIA, consultation and biodiversity and coastal ecosystem management; formerly environment director, NAM; formerly head of ecotoxicology, Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands

Key skills/ experience:

  • Environmental impact assessment and ESHIA
  • Stakeholder consultatio
  •  Environmental management
  •  Biodiversity and coastal ecosystem management

Joop Marquenie is a biologist by training and was head of ecotoxicology at Rijkswaterstaat. From 1990-2009 he held various positions in Shell and was latterly senior environmental advisor to NAM. In this position he was mainly responsible for EIAs. He has served the Dutch Commission for Impact Assessment as in independent expert and has represented Shell at the Trilateral Wadden Sea meetings. He studied biology at the Free University (Amsterdam; 1968-1976) with specialization in fishery biology. In 1977 he started to work for the research organization TNO as project leader applied scientific research. From 1982 until 1986 he worked for the US Army, Corps of Engineers (Vicksburg) in order to develop a management system for contaminated sediments. After his return to TNO in 1986 he mainly worked in the field of the impact of food chain contamination.

In 1987 he accepted a position as head eco-toxicology with the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management and since 1988 he is formally registered as a professional toxicologist. From 1990 until 2009 he worked for Shell International Exploration and Production and held a position at the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) as senior environmental advisor. In this position he was mainly responsible for EIAs and also held the function of secretary for the Commission Monitoring Subsidence of Ameland. In this period he also was the inventor and driving force behind the development of the ecological lighting (green light). 

The Dutch EIA Commission frequently contracted him as an independent expert (e.g. to review the EIAs for Camisea project in Peru and the BTC pipeline in Georgia). From 1994 to 2009 he also represented the international organization of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP London) in the ministerial trilateral Wadden Sea meetings. With respects to audits and reviews in the oil and gas industry he followed all required safety training.

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