CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS — After more than two years of intense debate and discussion, it’s finally here …
The Dutch version of the Nature Policy Plan for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius (“Natuurbeleidsplan Caribisch Nederland“) was printed this morning and sent to Parliament by State Secretary, Sharon Dijksma, of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It provides a framework for decision making for the coming five years and context for the development of Nature Policy Plans for each island. An English version is expected shortly.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs took the unusual step of allowing the islands to take the lead in the development of this critical policy document. Stakeholders from throughout the Dutch Caribbean, including civil servants, nature conservationists and businesses gave their input into the plan, the final draft version of which was sent to the Netherlands at the end of 2012.
The Nature Policy Plan, will be used to set priorities for nature conservation and to ensure the wise allocation of resources including the allocation of Euro 7.5 million earmarked by the Dutch Parliament for nature conservation over the coming four years.
Strategic goals focus on mainstreaming, or integrating nature conservation and sustainable use into all sectors of government, and sound nature management of protected areas and species.
UPDATE: Download English version here