As part of the 10th General Meeting in mid-January, the European Federation for Erosion Control and Bioengineering e.V. (EFEB, in German: Europäischer Fachverband für Erosionsschutz und Begrünung e.V.) unanimously elected Mr. Holger Neisser of the Internationale Geotextil GmbH (Schmallenberg) as the new chairperson. Previously Mr. Neisser had held the position of vice chairperson for 3 years. “I am looking forward to executing my new role in this young and dynamic organization.” says Holger Neisser.

New to the board is Mr. Ronald Schröck, company Schröck-Landschaftsbau (Müncheberg) as vice chairperson.

Mr. Prof. Martin Bocksch was appointed as general manager of EFEB with immediate effect. The previous managing chairperson and co-founder of the three-year-old federation, Mr. Lars Obernolte, could not perform this function anymore because of a career change. Mr. Obernolte was seen off with much gratitude for his credit for the young organization. Prof. Bocksch holds a professorial chair at Hochschule Geisenheim University in Rheingau. Apart from his occupation at the University, Martin Bocksch works as independent advisor and expert for turf, lawn sports complexes and other green spaces in Germany und neighboring foreign countries. He works as an executive for the German lawn association (DRG, in German: Deutsche Rasengesellschaft) and is a consultant for the German federation of turf (DRV, in German: Deustcher Rollrasenverband). Moreover he is a highly-demanded speaker at seminars and lectures for lawn and plant protection.

One of Prof. Bocksch’s first tasks will be to finish the guidelines that the federation has developed in its three main fields of work (bioengineering, greening, and geotextiles) and to introduce the EFEB to a broader public.

In the EFEB e.V. planners, builders, producers, merchants and executing companies form a strong, interdisciplinary interest group and develop practical solutions and arrangements for erosion control and greening. Professionals from many different fields of expertise support them in this project.

At the same time the EFEB pursues the idea to not understand environment and construction as an opposite, but as a chance for solutions which will help to preserve environmental resources in the future and to sustain and promote the basis for life of mankind.

In an increasingly interdependent Europe, the federation pursues the European idea from its founding, because the issue of erosion control does not stop in front of international borders.