Marcel Taal

Coastal and estuarine policy and management

+31 (0)88335 8024

Marcel Taal has an outstanding track record and experience in coastal and estuarine policy and management in the Netherlands. For more than twenty years he concentrated on the challenge to link system knowledge and estuarine and coastal management. At present, he is working in the section Resilience and Planning of the Unit Marine and Coastal Systems of Deltares.

He is the program manager to execute (and develop in coordination with the Dutch government) the national knowledge programs for the Dutch coast and the Scheldt estuary. He is dedicated to development of knowledge that really adds to the decision-making and connects to the questions posed by policymakers and stakeholders.

Prior to Deltares, he worked six years for the Dutch government. In this period he was leading the coastline management program, the innovation program for the Dutch coast, and was also the author of the National Water Management Plan for 2005-2008. In the Scheldt estuary, he has been active since 1998-2000, when he was involved in drafting the long-term vision for the estuary.

Working experience

2008 – Present Deltares Specialist Adviser, Deputy Department Head. Manager of all projects and relations of the Scheldt estuary. Overall coordination of the contract with the Rijkswaterstaat for all Deltares. Advice on estuary management / sediment management.
2005 – 2007 National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, Rijkswaterstaat Specialist adviser. Leading the coastline management program and the innovation program for the Dutch coast.
2001 – 2005 Road and Hydraulic Institute, Rijkswaterstaat Senior adviser. Planning of maintenance Dutch Water infrastructure, Author of the National Water Management Plan (BPRW 2005-2008).
1996 – 2001 Resource Analysis (Consultancy) Adviser, senior adviser. Long Term Vision for the Scheldt estuary, Policy Analysis, Decision Support Systems, various missions to South-East Africa and Bangladesh.
1989 – 1992 and 1994 – 1996 Stichting Duinbehoud (EUCC), NGO Adviser. Research, project management, lobby, PR related to the conservation of the Dutch Coast.
1992 – 1994 Technical University Delft, faculty of civil engineering Researcher. Hydrodynamics, Water quality and environmental indicators for mangrove forests.