Nature Policy Plan for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius

NPP_thumbnailCARIBBEAN 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.

Download the Natuurbeleidsplan Caribisch Nederland here

UPDATE: Download English version here

4 Responses to Nature Policy Plan for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius

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  3. Amanda says:

    Where is the english version?

Yoselle Margaritha

Yoselle Margaritha works for STINAPA Bonaire as a ranger.



Nathaniel Miller

nat_millerNat worked for the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) from July 2010 until November 2014. For the last 18 months he was Assistant Director and running not only projects but undertaking much of DCNA’s social media outreach and on line fundraising intiatives.

Nat’s work included planning and implementing DCNA’s regional projects and organising workshops, trainings and staff exchanges.

Nat grew up in the streams, forests and fields of the Midwest United States and always had a passion for wildlife. Now he is a dedicated conservationist experienced in strategic planning, conservation finance, public policy, communicating conservation, landscape ecology and biodiversity monitoring. Nat received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Miami University and a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Prior to working for DCNA Nat served as the Protected Area Manager for the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve and Bladen Nature Reserve in southern Belize with Ya’axché Conservation Trust.