Welcome to our conservation network

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance is regional network of protected areas set up to help and assist the park management and conservation organisations on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. Together we are working to safeguard our unique natural world.

Emeray Martha Neuman has brought a decade of energy and enthusiasm, dedication and creativity into the Secretariat to make nature protection on our islands really happen. With her ready smile, charm and willingness to pitch in, Emeray is a joy to work with and the embodiment of what it means to work together to safeguard nature in the Dutch Caribbean. Read more …

Goed Geld Gala

Tadzio Bervoets from the St. Maarten Nature Foundation receives cheque from Margriet Schreuders (Head Charities) during the Charity Gala. – Roy Beusker Fotografie

Dutch Postcode Lottery continues to support DCNA

On Tuesday the 26th of January, the annual Dutch Postcode Lottery Charity Gala (Goed Geld Gala) was held in Amsterdam. During the charity gala, the lottery proudly announced that thanks to its 2.7 million participants, who bought more than 4 million lottery tickets collectively, a total of 328 million euros will be distributed to non-governmental organisations in 2016.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organisations working towards a fairer and greener world. Fifty percent of the lottery’s annual turnover goes to charity. The lottery has steadily grown to become the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands and supports 95 non-governmental organisations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed over 4.7 billion euros to its beneficiaries. Read more about the Dutch Postcode Lottery.



Shark populations throughout the Dutch Caribbean have been strongly depleted over the last half century due to fishing and the degradation of habitat. This list shows the sharks and rays which have been recorded in the waters of the Dutch Caribbean.

Featured Video

  • Species in the Spotlight:

    Scalloped Hammerhead shark

    The Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) is listed as globally endangered on the IUCN’s Red List. Globally populations are facing decline due to the high economic value of its fins and the consumption of its meat. It is overfished during all stages of its lifecycle.

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Dutch Caribbean Islands

The Dutch Caribbean islands are remote, tiny and divided into two distinct groups which are separated by more than 900 km of open water. Their natural heritage is rich and diverse, making them a ‘hotspot’ for biodiversity.