BioNews Special – Aug 2015 – Jun 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.

This is a very Special Edition of BioNews, produced with our colleagues at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in mind, highlighting some of our common conservation successes and achievements.

The declaration of the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary in September 2015 by State Secretary Sharon Dijksma, represents a huge milestone for conservation organizations in the Dutch Caribbean which are deeply committed to the preservation of our sharks, rays, whales and dolphins.

The Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database (DCBD) is a multi-

year co-operative undertaking, funded by the Ministry, which is now beginning to come into its own. The DCBD has allowed DCNA to bring on line a wealth of information, maps, GIS and monitoring data as well as research work which would otherwise have been difficult to share. The Ministry’s investment in the database has included uploading and processing data resulting in some excellent graphical representations of the state of the marine environment around St Eustatius and the turtle populations and nesting around Bonaire, for example.

This Special Edition provides a complete overview of all research

and monitoring activity which has taken place in the Dutch Caribbean over the past year as well as the research needs for the region, which were identified in collaboration with the Ministry.

Since 2015 marked DCNA’s 10 year anniversary we are proud to share a copy of our ten year time line and to have included quotations from the Ministry’s Paul Hoetjes (Senior Policy Advisor, RCN Bonaire), Director General Annemie Burger and State Secretary Sharon Dijksma. We look forwards to another ten years of close and productive collaboration to safeguard nature in the Dutch Caribbean.

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

Download the PDF version of this BioNews issue (~ 5 MB).

If you would like us to showcase your project in BioNews, please let us know and we will share it for you.

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