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Welcome to our conservation network

The Netherlands has a lot of beautiful nature. Yet many of these areas are unknown to the general public. 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.

Vote for Saba to become the most beautiful natural area of The Netherlands!

vote_sabaWith the election “Most beautiful natural area of The Netherlands” State Secretary Van Dam wants to give natural areas the chance to develop themselves into national icons.

Although the volcanic Caribbean island of Saba measures only 13 square kilometers, it has a huge natural wealth, both above and below  the waterline. The cloud-shrouded Mount Scenery with its exotic and mystical aura is the highest peak in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Saba Marine Park is famous for its spectacular undersea pinnacles that are overgrown with corals, colorful sponges and protects one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth.
The Saba Bank, a submerged atoll, larger than the Dutch Waddenzee is unique. It is the third largest atoll in the world. The top is crowned with a ring of coral reefs and other important marine ecosystems.

Saba’s National Parks form a globally important biodiversity hotspot, where species such as lizards, ‘racer’ snakes, iguanas, turtles, humpback whales and more than 200 species of fish find refuge. They deserve the title of the most beautiful natural area of The Netherlands.

The protection of Saba’s national parks is due to the efforts of the Saba Conservation Foundation. Show your appreciation for the hard work of the SCF and vote for Saba as the most beautiful natural area in the Netherlands!

SMS NATUUR 09 to +31 1008 to vote on Saba or vote via this website.

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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

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    Species in the Spotlight:

    Monarch Butterfly

    The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is known around the world for its unique and incredible mass migrations. Millions of Monarch butterflies travel south each winter from the United States and Canada to California and the volcanic mountains in Central Mexico to escape the cold weather. In places where the weather is warm year-round, Monarch butterflies do not migrate but stay in that one area for their entire lives. This is the case for the Dutch Caribbean Islands, where these butterflies are a common sight year-round.

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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.