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Advisory group

The PISCES Advisory group consists of a small group of experts in marine stakeholder engagement, marine policy, climate change and the ecosystem approach. They will not be involved with delivering the outputs of the project but serve to provide advice and support for the stakeholders. They will:

  • Play a key role in reviewing and providing expert advice on the outputs of the project, in particular, on the guidelines produced by the stakeholders.
  • Provide input into the development of the workshops and may present their area of expertise to the stakeholders.
  • Disseminate the findings of the PISCES project and the lessons learned to members of the wider community within their area of expertise and beyond.

Dr Fanny Douvere

Fanny Douvere is Coordinator of the World Heritage Marine Programme at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre. Previously, she was co-principal investigator of the Ecosystem-based Marine Spatial Planning Initiative at UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, initiated in 2006 with Charles Ehler. The central focus of Ms Douvere’s work was to help move marine spatial planning beyond the conceptual level by developing a comprehensive, operational, step-by-step approach for its development and implementation. She organized and co-chaired the first international workshop on marine spatial planning (2006) at UNESCO, co-edited the first peer-reviewed special issue of Marine Policy on marine spatial planning (2008), and has just published a UNESCO guide to ecosystem-based, marine spatial planning (2009). Ms Douvere has been a consultant to WWF-Sweden, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), IUCN - the World Conservation Union, The Nature Conservancy, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Prior to her work at UNESCO, she was one of the coordinators of a project that developed a spatial plan for the Belgian part of the North Sea - one of the first integrated marine planning efforts in the world. She has degrees in international relations and anthropology and comparative cultures.

Charles N Ehler

Dr Charles N. Ehler

Ocean Visions
Charles N. Ehler is the President of Ocean Visions, a consulting company specialising in integrated coastal and ocean management and marine spatial planning. He works in Paris, France, primarily as a consultant to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Man & the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, as well as other international organisations, national governments, and NGOs.  Before moving to Paris in 2005, he worked as a senior executive for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 27 years leading national and international programs in integrated coastal management, strategic environmental assessment, marine pollution monitoring and assessment, oil spill response and natural resource damage assessment. He worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development from 1973-78 and taught regional planning and natural resources management at the University of Michigan, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was the Marine Vice-Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) from 2000-2005.  In 2007 he received an award from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his work on coastal adaptation and its contribution to the award of the Nobel Prize to the IPCC. He is the author of over 90 publications, including most recently a 2009 UNESCO guide to marine spatial planning.

Professor David Johnson

Executive Secretary, OSPAR
David Johnson is Executive Secretary to the OSPAR Commission and is also Emeritus Professor of Coastal Management at Southampton Solent University. Research projects include a successful trigovernmental feasibility study to evaluate the potential of the Wadden Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area; Coastlearn an EU project developing web-based materials for distance learning in coastal zone management; and New Epoc an Interreg IIIc project sharing good practice between ten European partner ports in order to address future challenges. David publishes widely and presents regularly at both national and international conferences. Projects have taken him to coastal locations throughout Europe, California, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Canada and Singapore. Recent journal papers have been produced for the Journal of Coastal Conservation, Marine Policy and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. David's most recent book contribution comprises a jointly authored chapter in Ocean Yearbook 20 published by the International Ocean Institute (2006).

Professor Edward Maltby

University of Liverpool

Edward Maltby is Professor Emeritus of Wetland Science, Water and Ecosystem Management at the School of Environmental Science, University of Liverpool. He also holds the position of LaBorde Visiting Chair in Research Innovation and Technology Transfer, Louisiana State University, and Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne. With over 40 years experience in scientific research and environmental project management, he provides both technical and policy advice for government and non-government bodies. These include the European Commission, UK Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, House of Commons Select Committee on European legislation, the United States Federal Government, Belgian and Netherlands governments, WWF, IUCN - The World Conservation Union, UNEP and the Biodiversity and Ramsar Conventions. He is author, co-author or editor of more than 10 books and over 150 publications and reports, focusing on the importance of wetland ecosystems at all scales from global to local and on the results of fundamental and applied wetland ecosystem research; and has presented more than 50 invited lectures/addresses at international conferences. Edward is currently advisor to the Secretary of State for Environment on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

Professor Laurence Mee

Scottish Association for Marine Science
Laurence conducts multidisciplinary research into coupled social and ecological systems, ways of assessing the state of the marine environment and the interface between science and policy. Most of his work is on a regional sea scale, particularly Europe’s seas. He is a leading specialist on the Black Sea and has also conducted research in the Pacific and Caribbean. Laurence’s current research focuses on the science that underpins implementation of marine policy at the European, UK and Scottish levels. Laurence maintains a high level of research activity. He coordinates a €5.74M EU-funded project, “Knowledge-based Management of Europe’s Seas (KnowSeas)”, that involves 31 partners from 15 countries across Europe. KnowSeas is providing the multidisciplinary research to underpin the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Laurence has published over 73 peer reviewed articles covering topics in natural and social science.

Diana Pound

Director and Senior Facilitator for ‘Dialogue Matters’
Diana Pound has many years experience of project managing, designing, facilitating and advising on stakeholder dialogue. She set up Dialogue Matters in October 2000. Prior to this she worked for a number of environmental organisations. She project managed a number of projects including a stakeholder dialogue process to build consensus over the contents of a European Marine site management scheme in a highly conflicted situation in Thanet, Kent. Her success with this project convinced her that the way decisions are made makes a difference to the outcome and so she trained in the necessary skills to design and facilitate stakeholder dialogue. She has an ongoing commitment is to help people live more sustainably within their environment to the benefit of people and places. Diana holds a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Landscape Ecology.

Dr Sian Prior

Sian is a marine scientist with a focus on interpretation of marine science for marine policy development. She has developed policy and undertaken advocacy for the maritime industries and environmental groups for over 20 years, including 15 years leading marine programmes with WWF. She currently advises on marine spatial planning and marine protected areas in the European and Polar regions, and on polar shipping policy.

Dr David Reid

Irish Marine Institute
Dave Reid is a graduate in Marine Biology from Liverpool (Port Erin) and gained a PhD in Maine biological rhythms at Bangor University in 1985. He then worked in Bangor on intertidal crustacean behaviour and physiology until 1989. He then moved to the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen where he joined the Fisheries Management Team. In Aberdeen he worked in a wide range of fisheries issues, in particular, fishery surveys, ecosystem interactions with fisheries, fishing capacity and effort, and gear technology. From 1997 he worked in these fields as a research group leader. In 2009 he moved to the Marine Institute in Galway, where he is now Principle Investigator on the Beaufort Ecosystem Approach to Fishery Management Project. This project is a collaboration between the Marine Institute, University College Cork, and Queen’s University Belfast, and is a seven year project funded by the Irish Government. Dave has had an extensive role in ICES over the last 20 years where he has chaired numerous expert groups, as well as the Living Resource Committee, he was also a member of the Consultative Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Fishery Management.

Dr Simon Walmsley

Simon has a PhD from Hull University in Marine Biomonitoring and Ecotoxicology. During his 11 years at WWF he has been head of the toxics programme, seconded to DEFRA, North East Atlantic programme manager and Head of WWF-UK marine programme. Since November 2009 he has been advising the WWF Network on Global Ocean Governance issues in his new role a Marine Manager for WWF International.

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