BioNews 23 -March 2016

BioNews is a monthly newsletter by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), focusing on the biodiversity research and monitoring in the Dutch Caribbean. BioNews presents you with an overview of the on-going research and monitoring efforts and provides a regular update on what’s currently happening on our islands.

In this month’s issue of BioNews, we focus on the subject of coral reef rehabilitation and the different ways in which it can be undertaken. Coral reef rehabilitation is rapidly becoming one of today’s most talked about topics within coral reef conservation, as difficult to control threats such as climate change and ocean acidification continue to increase in magnitude. Here we look at how each of the islands of the Dutch Caribbean are establishing local coral reef restoration programs, with a special emphasis on the work carried out on Bonaire by the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire and on Curaçao by SECORE International, the CARMABI Foundation and the University of Amsterdam.

Invasive species are another serious conservation issue faced by our islands, and in this edition we take a look at how Sint Eustatius is coping with the arrival of an invasive green iguana, which outcompetes the native Lesser Antillean iguana for food and habitat.
We continue to profile the Dutch Caribbean research institutes first presented in BioNews 20, this time focusing on the directors and staff as well as the research and projects of CIEE Research Station and Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute.

Updates are also given on the 8th meeting of the Dutch Caribbean Committee of Marine Biodiversity and Fisheries.

We would like to thank our partners, conservationists and scientists for their invaluable input and support. We hope you will enjoy reading BioNews!

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