The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is a nonprofit organisation created to protect the natural environment and to promote sustainable management of natural resources on the six Dutch Caribbean islands.
The Dutch Caribbean consists of the Windward Islands of St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius and the Leeward Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.
The pristine nature of the Dutch Caribbean contains the richest biodiversity in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The diverse ecosystems are a magnet for tourism and at the same time the most important source of income for the islanders. Nature on the islands is unique and important but it is also fragile. The lack of sustainable funding, policy support and adequate spatial planning pose the most significant threats.
DCNA’s mission is to help and assist the protected area management organisations, as well as other nature conservation organisations, within the Dutch Caribbean.
DCNA’s goals, in order of priority, are to:
1. Support and assist the efforts of conservation organisations to secure sustainable sources of funding for nature conservation, both for themselves and collectively.
2. Promote and assist institutional capacity building, training, partnership building and technical resource sharing amongst conservation organisations.
3. Promote and represent nature conservation in the Dutch Caribbean, nationally and internationally.
4. Provide a central dynamic repository for information related to biodiversity and conservation management and encourage information exchange.